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i have a netgear wireless router and i have internet access WITHOUT connecting through my isp AOL how is this possable and am i being charged by someone else ?
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Hi pontiuss,

You're probably connecting to some one elses unsecured network (in your neighbourhood), and leeching off of their internet connection. So, no - you're not being charged for this. However, this is the same as stealing, so therefore I would highly recommend you attempt to remedy this and connect to your own network.
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thanks for the reply i did wonder if that was happening, but when i configered my router i gave my network a specific name as recomended to do, and scaned for that name when looking for local networks available to connect to, so making it easy to recognise my own router , could i have got somethink wrong and still be " leaching someone else's network ?
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is your actual broadband account provided by AOL..or did you have to get a broadband connection from somewhere else then have aol take it over?
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this is my actual broadband account provided by AOL.
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well...alot of times (and probably still in this case) aol doesn't actually provide the broadband connection. I.E. they don't own the phone line (if it's dsl) or the cable line (if it's...well duh cable)...they aquire the line through a local providor...and have you run your account over this line...my assumption...based on your description...is that you are indeed using your connection...and you are paying for it...but since the native connection isn't truly with AOL...you can connect without the aol client (especially since you're accessing the connection wirelessly) so...in short..i wouldn't worry too much about it...but...to be sure...if you establish a wirless connection...and fire up the aol stuff...does it still connect?
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yes aol does still fire up after getting a wirless connection, thanks for your explanation i thought that could be what was happening but was not sure as this wirless router stuff is all a bit new to me. AOL did tell me if i wanted to have more than one pc online at a time i needed to upgrade from there silver to gold package as silver doesn't support home networking. could you tell me if this is true. thanks pontiuss.
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yes that is legally true....you should legally buy the bigger package...
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thanks for all your help you've been fantastic. pontiuss
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