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Configuring Win 95/98 Dialup Networking

Windows95 or Windows98 setup 1. With the mouse, click on the button labeled Start in the lower left corner of the screen. Then move the mouse up until the word programs is highlighted. When you get to programs, another menu will appear to the right. From that menu, highlight accessories, and another menu will appear to the right. On that menu, move the mouse to the words Dial Up Networking, and click on it with the left mouse button. If you donít have it, see note 3 at the bottom of the instructions.

2. A window will appear that has one or more icons in it. One of them is Make New Connection. Double-click on Make New Connection.

3. Type WCNET for name of computer you are dialing. Your modem should be listed in the box.

4. Click on the Configure button.

5. Under general, your port and modem should already be highlighted, make sure they are correct. Make sure there isn't a checkmark in use country code and area code. If there is, remove it.

6. Click on the connection tab at the top of that window. Under that tab, data bits should read 8, parity should read none and stop bits should read 1.

7. In call preferences section, wait for dial tone before dialing and cancel call if not connected in 60 seconds should both be checked.

8. Click on the advanced button.

9. For error checking make sure that use flow control and hardware handshaking are checked. If you have a 14.4 modem, read note 1 at the bottom of the last page.

10. Click ok to close that window, click ok to close the next window, and then click next.

11. Type in the phone number for the WCNet that was provided on your information sheet.

Click next, then click finish. This will create a new icon in the dial up networking folder called WCNet.

12. Click on the new connection called WCNet with the right mouse button. A list will appear. In that list, click on properties with the left mouse button.

13. Uncheck "use area code and Dialing Properties" or "use Country code and Area code". Click on the server type tab at the top of that window. If you don't have that tab, see note 2 on the last page of these instructions.

14. Type of dial-up server should read: PPP:Windows95, WindowsNT3.5, Internet for Win95, or PPP: Internet,Windows NT Server, Windows 98.

15. Under advanced options make sure that enable software compression is the only thing checked. If it is grayed out, don't worry.

16. Under allowed network protocols, only TCP/IP should be checked.

17. Click on the tcp/ip settings button directly to the right.

18. There you have a choice to make. The first is a choice between server assigned IP address or specify an IP address. You want to pick server assigned IP address. Then below that, you have a choice of server assigned name server addresses or specify name server addresses. You want to pick server assigned there as well.

Click ok to close that window,
click ok again,
click ok a third time ( if you have to ) and you should be back in the dial up networking folder.

19. While still in Dial-up Networking, look on the menu bar for the word Connections. Click on this. Move down, and click on settings. The only part we are concerned about is the redial section. Make sure there is a checkmark in redial. Set the times to try to 25. Put times between tries at 1 second. In the other sections, the defaults are fine. Click ok to accept the changes and close that window.

20. Click on your WCNet icon with the right mouse button again. Click on create shortcut with the left button. Windows will say it Cannot create a shortcut here, do you want it on the desktop instead? Click yes. This will place a shortcut to your WCNet connection on your desktop.

21. Close the dial up networking window by clicking on the X in the top right corner of the window.

22. Now go back to Start button, then up to settings, then right to Control Panel. Click on Control Panel with left mouse button.

23. In the control panel, double click on the network icon.

24. If you want to enable the save password function in dial-up networking, make sure that Client for Microsoft Networks is one of the listed components. If it is, you'll have a tab that says identification. (If it isn't, you'll have to add it by clicking on the add button. Then click on clients, then Microsoft, then Client for Microsoft Networks.) In the big white box, click on TCP/IP once to highlight it, then click on the properties button under the white box. (If tcp/ip isn't one of the configured network components, you'll have to add it by clicking on the add button. Then click on protocols, then Microsoft, then tcp/ip.) If you have Windows95, a panel with six tabs will come up. If you have Windows98 a box will come up saying that you have asked to change TCP/IP properties for a dial up adapter, etc. Just hit OK, and a window with six tabs will come up.

25. The ip address tab should open automatically. Make sure this is set to obtain an ip address automatically, which is the default (everything else should be grayed out).

26. Now click on the DNS configuration tab. This will probably come up with disable dns checked. Change it to enable dns.

27. Then click your mouse button in the host box. Type in your login name in all lower case (same thing as username), which is found on the information sheet from WCNet.

28. Next click in the domain box. Type in wcnet.org.

29. Click ok, click ok again, to close out of those 2 windows.

30. Your computer will probably either want the Windows CD to copy files or it will want to restart. Say yes you want to restart. If you added Client for Microsoft Networks and filled out the identification information, a password box will come up when your computer restarts. For name, type in the same name you used in computer name. If you leave the password area blank, this screen will not come back. If you enter a password, you'll have to type it in each time you start your computer.

31. Once your computer restarts, double click on Shortcut to WCNet that we placed on the desktop. A dialing window will appear.

32. Make sure your login name from you WCNet info sheet is typed in for name, then type in the password from the info sheet. Both should be typed in lower case only!

33. That's it. If all goes well it will dial, and (if you have Windows95) you'll get a little window that says connected and shows a timer. Minimize this by clicking on the button on the top right of that window that shows a little line. If you have Windows98, a window will come up saying you have connected, etc. Towards the lower left hand corner is a box that you can check, and beside it it says do not show this again. Check it, then hit OK.

34. Double-click on Internet Explorer, Netscape, or another browser, and surf away. One good address to go to right away is www.wcnet.org/help. This will take you to the wcnet helpdesk pages where you can find out much more about how the internet works.

35. When you are done, double click on the icon on the lower right corner of the screen that looks like 2 computers connected together with a wire. A window will appear, and one of the buttons in that window is labeled disconnect. Click on the disconnect button to disconnect from WCNet.

Note 1. Some 14.4 modems apparently do not support error checking. If you get a connection and then your modem hangs, this might be the problem. Disable error checking and try again.

Note 2. If you donít have a settings tab at the top of your window, you have an older version of Windows95. You should then have a Settings button toward the lower right of that window. Click that button then resume the next step of the instructions.

Note 3. Sometimes Dial Up Networking will not appear under the start button for whatever reason. If it is installed it will appear if you double click on My Computer on the desktop. If it doesn't appear there, you don't have it installed, and must install it from your Windows CD/disks.

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