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Configuring A New Dial-up Networking Connection by edemiere
Posted: 10 Sep 03 (Edited 29 Sep 03)

Dial-Up Networking for Windows 95«

This is a JUMP-START document. For extensive information about the details of these steps, consult the information sources listed in Appendix A at the end of this document.

For trouble-free installation, you should perform the items in the order listed, since each depends on its predecessors.

The following symbols are used in this document:
    [BUTTON]    -- to denote an on-screen button to be pressed or clicked
    <check>      -- to denote a ôcheck boxö that is to be checked (or unchecked)
    <click>        -- to select or left-click on some choice
    [TAB]          -- select one of several <clickable> [TABs] along the top of the dialogue box
                    (this DOES NOT mean press the TAB key on the keyboard!)

NOTE: To determine what version of Windows 95 you have, please do the following:
    + <right-click> ôMy Computerö
    + <click> [PROPERTIES]
    + You will then see something like the following:
            Microsoft Windows 95
+ Here is the answer key to ôYOUR VERSION NUMBER HEREö:
    + 4.00.950    =    Windows 95 (called the retail release)
    + 4.00.950A    =    Windows 95 A (also called the ôAö version or OSR1)
    + 4.00.950B    =    Windows 95 B (called the ôBö version or OSR2 or OSR2.1 if the USB Supplement is installed).
    + 4.00.950C    =    Windows 95 C (called the ôCö version or OSR2.5)

NOTE:  Once you have determined which version you have, you can proceed, because at one point, it will be relevant to know which version you have!!
<click> [OK] and proceed with the instructions.
If Windows 95 recommends restarting your system, please do so, then continue with the instructions!
1. INSTALL MODEM:  (If not already installed)

NOTE: If you donÆt know if a modem has been installed, then simply proceed with the following steps. When you double-click on the Modem Icon, if you see a Modem Properties dialog box, instead of the Modem Install Wizard, then there is at least one modem already installed on the system. If this is the case, and you intend to use this modem, you can skip to the next section:  INSTALL DIAL-UP SUPPORT.
Be sure the modem is connected to the computer and turned on.
+ [START] (button)
    + Settings
        + Control panel
            + <double-click> Modems Icon
            + If no modems installed, Wizard will offer to detect modem. If modem is already installed, you will see a list in the Modem Properties dialog box, so you can press the [CANCEL] button.
                + If you continue, the Setup Wizard attempts to autodetect the modem, if unsuccessful, then you must...
                + <select> Mfg. & Model from list. If not listed, select (Standard Modem Types/Baud Rate.)
                + [NEXT>]
            + <select> proper COM port (usually COM2 if serial mouse or internal modem, usually COM1 if bus mouse or external modem)
            + [NEXT>]
                + If 1st time, fill in Location Information
                + [NEXT>]
            + [OK] -or- [FINISH] if running the Install Wizard
        + [CLOSE]
2. INSTALL DIAL-UP SUPPORT:   (If not already installed)

NOTE: To see if Dial-Up Support has been installed, <click> [START] -> Programs -> Accessories. Look for a Dial-Up Networking folder. If it exists, click it, then you can skip down to 'Configure A new Dial-Up Networking' ICON.
Install Dial-Up Networking software
    + Settings
        + Control Panel
            + <double-click>Add/Remove Software
            + <click> Windows Setup Properties [TAB]
            + <select> COMMUNICATIONS
            + [DETAILS]
                + <check> Dial-Up Networking
                + [OK]
            + [OK]

NOTE: You may encounter a message box: ôYou must provide computer and workgroup values that will identify this computer on the network.ö <click> [OK] to continue. This presents the ôNetwork Identificationö Properties Sheet. You should choose some computer name of up to 15 characters, typically, your own initials or your company userid, such as jdoe. For workgroup name, choose some unique string such as the letters in your Department name or Company name.  It doesnÆt really matter as long as these entries are unique. Restart your computer if prompted to do so. ([START]-> Shutdown -> Restart)

Configure A new Dial-Up Networking ICON  (Microsoft calls it a ôCONNECTOIDö)
    + Programs
        + Accessories
            + Dial-Up Networking
                + <double-click> Make New Connection -or- if 1st time, Wizard is automatically launched
                +  Name it ôCONNECTOIDö or whatever you want to call it, press [NEXT>]
                    + [CONFIGURE]
                    + Maximum Speed: 115200        <- Tip!    Certain modems produce incorrect results at higher settings.
                    + [NEXT>]
                    + Phone # (nnn) nnn-nnnn        
                    + [NEXT>]
                + [FINISH]

Tailor Dial-Up Connectoid for YOUR environment
+ <right-click> on the NEW DIAL-UP Connectoid that you just created... (in our example ôISP-DIALö)
    + <select> Properties from the pop-up menu
        + [SERVER TYPE]
            + <select> PPP / Internet / Windows 95 / Windows NT 3.5
            + <uncheck> Logon To Network
            + <check> Enable software compression
            + <uncheck> NETBEUI, IPX/SPX (if set)
            + [OK]
        + [OK]
3. INSTALL TCP/IP:  (If not already installed)

NOTE: If you donÆt know if TCP/IP has been installed, then proceed with the following steps. When you double-click on the Network Icon, if you see TCP/IP in the Network Components dialog box, then you should verify the suggested TCP/IP settings by skipping the [ADD] Protocols steps, but continue with the <select> TCP/IP Properties step:   In other words, DONÆT INSTALL TCP/IP TWICE!!!
(If youÆve installed TCP/IP more than once, just select it from the list and click on the [REMOVE] button.)

    + Settings
        + Control Panel
            + <double-click> Network Icon
            + [Remove] Netware Client, if in the list (not normally needed in most environments)
            + Scroll through the list to see if TCP/IP is already installed. If so, then skip the [ADD] step,
              but continue verifying settings at <select> TCP/IP from the list box:
            + [ADD]
                + Choose PROTOCOL from the list box
                + [ADD]
                    + Choose Microsoft in ManufacturerÆs pane (left side)
                    + Choose TCP/IP in the Network Protocols pane (right side)
                    + [OK]

This is how you connect to the dial-up system.
    + Programs
        + Accessories
            + Dial-Up Networking Icon
            + <double-click> ôCONNECTOIDö, the NEW dial-up connectoid you just created
                + In the User name prompt, enter your Userid
                + In the Password prompt, enter your Password
            + [CONNECT]

(Be patient, it can take as long as 45 seconds for the computer to dial the modem and for your modem to ôsynch-upö with the modem to establish a connection.)

CONGRATULATIONSùYouÆve connected to the host ISP! (providing you got your username and password correct)

5. LOGOFF THE HOST ISP,  e.g. How to ôHANG UPö the phone

+ Windows 95 & Windows 95A
    + On the TASKBAR (by default, the Taskbar is on the bottom edge of your screen), locate the [BUTTON] labeled [My Connection] or, if you followed our example: [CONNECTOID].
    + <click> [CONNECTOID] to restore the ôConnected to CONNECTOIDö pop-up window.
    + <click> [DISCONNECT] û this breaks the connection and æhangs up the phoneÆ.
+ Windows 95B & Windows 95C
    + In the SYSTRAY (by default, the Systray is in the lower right hand corner where the clock is located), locate the the dial-up icon, which will appear as two little computer screens overlapping one another.

    + Now at this point you have two methods by which to disconnect:

    1. <double click> [CONNECTOID] to restore the ôConnected to CONNECTOIDö pop-up window out of the systray.
        + <click> [DISCONNECT] û this breaks the connection and æhangs up the phoneÆ


    2. <right click> [CONNECTOID] in the Systray.
        + <click> [DISCONNECT] û this breaks the connection and æhangs up the phoneÆ
ThatÆs all there is to it!!!
6. HOW TO ENABLE AUTOMATIC RE-DIAL the host ISP -- if the lineÆs BUSY

This section allows Windows 95 to automatically re-dial the host ISP several times if the line is busy.

    + Programs
        + Accessories
            + Dial-Up Networking Icon
                + Find the ôConnectionsö menu item across the top of the Dial-Up Networking Window
                + <Click> on Connections, then <click> on ôSettings..ö
                + In the General properties [TAB]
                    + <check> Redial
                    + <Type> 25 in the ôBefore giving up retryö input area
                    + <Type> 0 mins. and 5 sec. in the ôBetween tries waitö input area
                + [OK]
ùGood Luck!!

Appendix A û Information Sources for Dial-Up Networking Details

Microsoft Corporation
    + Microsoft Web Home Page
    + Microsoft MSN Home Page
    + Microsoft Windows 95 Home Page
    + Microsoft Windows 95 Newsgroups
    + Microsoft Windows 95 Dial-up Networking v1.4 Update

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