Dial-up For All Windows Versions
Recently, I have been attending a lot of classes for Internet connection issues and luckily, I was able to learn quite a bit about correcting most of the issues by switching back to basic configuration details. Hence, here I am reiterating the basic configuration details of configuring a dial-up connection in all the versions of Windows (98 through XP). So, if you’re interested in knowing how to set up a connection for any of these versions, you’re in for a treat today! Let’s go!
Configuring a Dial-up Connection in Windows 98
- Click on My Computer and then open the Control Panel (or click on Start, Settings, Control Panel).
- Select Internet Options and a screen with six tabs should open (shown below). Click on the Connections tab.
- Click on the Setup button and that will start the Connection Wizard.
- Select “I have an existing Internet account through my phone line or a local area network” and then click on the Next button.
- Click on “Select this option if you are accessing the Internet using an Internet Service Provider or local area network” and then click on the Next button.
- Ensure that “Connect using my Phone Line” is selected and click Next.
- You will then be asked to enter the phone number for the modem pool. The phone number is provided by your Internet Service Provider (ISP). Also ensure that the box entitled “Dial using the area code and country code” is unchecked. Click on Next to continue.
- In the box for Username, enter the username given by your ISP. For the box entitled Password, enter the password given by your ISP. The systems are case sensitive (use lowercase). After you have entered the information, click Next.
- For advanced settings, select No and click on Next.
- For the connection name, type in “My Internet,” then click on Next.
- When you are asked to set up your Internet mail account, select No, then click Next.
- When you are asked to set up your Internet news account, select No, then click on Next.
- When you are asked to set up your Internet Directory Service, select No, then click on Next.
- Click on Finish. You have now set up your Internet dial-in.
Make Your New Internet Connection Shortcut
1. Double click on the My Computer icon.
2. Double click on Dial-Up Networking.
3. Right click and Drag ISP connection onto your desktop and select Create Shortcut here.
Configuring a Dial-up Connection in Windows ME
Configuring a dial-up connection in Windows ME is very similar to what we did in Windows 98. We will quickly visit the procedure to create a dial-up connection manually without using the Internet Connection Wizard. Kindly follow these steps:
Open My Computer, double click the Control Panel and open Dial-Up Networking. Double click on Make New Connection.
Enter “Any Name” for the connection name and, if necessary, select your modem from the drop down list. Click Next.
Enter your Local Access Number into the Telephone number field. Click Next and then click Finish.
If you need 10-digit dialing or if you have special dialing codes, right click the Internet Connection “Any Name” icon and select Properties. Or you can click once on the Internet Connection “Any Name” icon to highlight it, click the File menu and select Properties.
Uncheck “Use area code and Dialing Properties” and enter your Local Access Number into the Telephone Number field.
While you can enable Dialing Properties, I recommend you type the entire number including the properties into the Telephone Number field. The number should be entered exactly as it needs to be dialed. For example, if you need to dial the area code as well, enter the number as XXX-XXX-XXXX.
Click OK to save the changes.
Configuring a Dial-up Connection in Windows 2000
Open the Control Panel and open Network and Dial-up Connections.
Double click Make New Connection to open the Network Connection Wizard. Click Next on the first screen.
Select Dial-up to the Internet and click Next to start the Internet Connection Wizard.
Select the option “I want to set up my Internet connection manually” or “I want to connect through a local area network (LAN).” Click Next.
Uncheck “Use dialing rules” and enter your Local Access Number into the Phone Number field. Click Next.
Enter your username and password into the appropriate fields. Click Next.
Enter “Any Name” for the connection name and click Next.
Click Finish to complete the Internet Connection Wizard.
Configuring a Dial-up Connection in Windows XP
From the Start menu, choose Control Panel. Double click Add/Remove Programs and select Add/Remove Windows component. Uncheck the option for MSN explorer. Click Next. Close Add/Remove programs.
Click the File menu and choose New Connection to start the New Connection Wizard. Click Next on the first screen.
Select Connect to the Internet and click Next.
Select “Set up my connection manually” and click Next.
Select “Connect using a dial-up modem” and then click the Next button.
In the ISP Name field, enter “Any Name” as the name for your connection. Click Next.
Enter your Local Access Number into the Phone Number field. Click Next.
Enter the following information and click Next.
In the Username field, enter your dial-up username.
Enter your password into the Password field, and then reenter it into the Confirm password field.
Check the option to “Make this the default Internet connection.”
Uncheck “Turn on the Internet Connection Firewall” for this connection.
Check the box to “Add a shortcut to this connection to my desktop” to put an icon on your desktop to this dial-up connection. Click Finish.
There you have it! All the directions you need for a dial-up connection, no matter what version of Windows you use!
~ Ramachandran Kumaraswami