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  Tez123 19:20 24 Nov 07

Hi I wonder if you could help me with a bit of confusion. I am an AOL user with a router (supplied by aol). Previously I could not connect to the internet without first going on to aol. I now seem to be able to connect straight from Firefox without starting AOL.. WHy? Is there any settings I can look at?

  Kemistri 19:45 24 Nov 07

That is because routers take the internet connection out of the control of the PC and are not controlled by any software or drivers. They replace a modem's conventional driver/hardware relationship with a host/client relationship and the WAN/internet connection comes under the sole control of the host's firmware.

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