Connect to your ISP for the first time!

Now that you have created your connectoid, you need to double-click it. Enter your username and password in the fields (note, at first your windows login name will be in the login field, you MUST change it to your ISP login name). After entering your password, check the box Save Password and with any luck, it will save the setting and you won’t have to enter it next time. Note that you must successfully connect for the setting to be saved.

Once connected it will verify your username and password on the server and when it’s completed it will show you that you are connected. In the newer versions of Dial-Up Networking it will automatically minimize to the system tray area. In old Windows 95 you will have to minimize it yourself to the taskbar. That’s it, you are now connected to your ISP and you can open your web browser and surf and configure your e-mail client. There is, however, one last thing we should do. Go back to My Computer and double-click Dial-Up Networking. Right-click on your connectoid and choose Create Shortcut. It will tell you that a shortcut cannot be created here, would you like to create it on the Desktop instead? Choose Yes. Now, next time you want to connect to the internet just double-click the icon on the desktop.

This is how some prefer to do it, dial their connections manually every time they want to connect to the Internet. Others would prefer to have the Web browser dial the connection automatically when you open it. If this is you, read on!


Auto-dial with Internet Explorer

Open IE and go to the Tools menu and choose Internet Options and click the Connections tab. In IE5 you will see checkboxes Never dial a connection, Dial whenever a network connection is not present and Always dial my default connection. Choose whichever of those suits your situation. Now, highlight your ISP in the field and click Settings. Look down near the bottom and you will see an Advanced button. Click it and make sure that the boxes Disconnect if idle for… and Disconnect when connection may no longer be needed are checked. That will rid you of a serious annoyance … being prompted to disconnect.

If you are using IE 4 the procedure is similar, only you won’t have as many options. You’ll see Connect to the internet via LAN (LAN = Local Area Network) and Dial default connection. If you want IE to auto-dial then choose the latter. If you do not want it to auto-dial choose the former.


Netscape Communicator and other Winsock Apps

Netscape doesn’t have a Dial-Up function of it’s own. Unfortunately, if you want to auto-dial when opening Netscape you need to have used the Internet Connection Wizard to set up a Dial-Up account. If you do that, and select the option to Connect to the Internet as Needed, then launching any task that requires an Internet connection will invoke Dial-Up Networking. Go to Start/Programs/Accessories/Internet Tools and select the Internet Connection Wizard. Follow the steps in the wizard, it is self explanatory. After following this tutorial it will be very easy.

That’s it, you’re set. You’ve successfully installed and configured Dial-Up Networking. Even though it might have been a little more work than just installing the software provided by the ISP, not only did you avoid installing unnecessary software on your PC, you also learned a lot about how Dial-Up Networking and got to configure it to your liking.


– Grogan –

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