ICS Cannot Autodial 3rd-Party Internet Dial-Up Connections

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Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) cannot autodial 3rd-party Internet dial-up connections.
If your Internet Service Provider (ISP) uses a 3rd-party Internet dial-up connection such as America Online (AOL), you must establish the connection manually before you can share the connection with the clients.

For a client to gain access to the Internet using an AOL connection and an ICS host, you must establish the AOL connection manually on the ICS host, and then connect the clients to the Internet.

For additional information about using AOL and an ICS server, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
230233 How to Use AOL with Internet Connection Sharing
NOTE: The Autodial feature in ICS uses the Dial-Up Networking components shipped with Windows 98 Second Edition.

The third-party products that are discussed in this article are manufactured by companies that are independent of Microsoft. Microsoft makes no warranty, implied or otherwise, regarding the performance or reliability of these products.

Article ID: 229978 - Last Review: 01/10/2015 11:56:30 - Revision: 1.2

Microsoft Windows 95, Microsoft Windows 98 Standard Edition, Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition

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