Windows ME Defining a Dial-Up Networking Connection

by Johannes Helmig [Published on 27 Aug. 2000 / Last Updated on 27 Aug. 2000]

Dial-Up Networking on Windows ME is still very similar to Windows 95/98:

When defining a new Dial-Up
Networking connection, enter
a name for the connection.
The system will have located
already your modem.
Enter the phone number to dial
to your Internet Provider or to
another system
(like a Windows NT-server)
Once the wizard has created the
connection, you must FIRST
it before you can use it:
Right-click on it to get the Context
menu and select "Properties" :

tab: General

This displays the connection information
entered during the creation of the connection,
allowing you now to make modifications.
tab: Networking

Definition of networking parameters.
When connecting to another computer, you become
part of a network, so you need to define some
network parameters, like the protocol.

for most connections, there is no need to make any
change to this page, since by default only TCP/IP
protocol is selected, which is the default for all
Internet connections and now also more and more
for connections to company networks (like NT-servers).
For certain connections, you may need to make
a change to the TCP/IP-settings.
Most Internet providers and most NT-servers are
configured for DHCP:
to assign dynamically an IP-address to your system
and to set the other required TCP/IP-configuration
items, like the DNS-servers.

Usually, there is no need to change anything.
tab: Security

Define the username and password, as required to
With "Connect automatically" you can control
whether to dial later immediately or first to display
the Username, password and phonenumber before
dialing (allowing a verification/modification).

When connecting to the Internet, your Internet
Provider will advise you about these values.
Since most users will only use Winsock-
Applications (like an Internet Browser, FTP or e-mail),
there is no need to make a "Log on to Network",
which will save a lot of time during making the

However, when connecting to a Company
NT-server, you MUST select to "Log on",
otherwise you will not have access to the
resources of your server.
tab: Scripting

When connecting to an NT-server, a Windows95/98
and to most Internet Providers, there is no need to
define a script (which controls the connection).
However, some Internet Providers require the use of
a script, they will advise you the name of the script
and (if it is not yet included with Windows) will
provided you with the script-file, which should be
stored to "Program Files" / "Accessories",
from where you select it via the button "Browse":
tab : Multilink

Windows NT4-server allows to establish a
connection using 2 modems at the same time,
doubling the available bandwidth.
But it requires also on your system to have
2 modems (and 2 phones lines for the 2 modems).

I am not aware of any Internet Provider supporting
Multilink connection, so no need to change anything
on this page.
tab: Dialing

Here you define, whether the connection should be
made automatically when starting up an Application
using TCP/IP (like an Internet Browser) or whether
to control the connection manually.
Since even for use at home, an Internet Browser is
more and more used to read documents written in
HTML, I prefer to control the connection manually.

The Disconnect-parameters (define in Windows95/98
under "Configure" of the modem on the tab:General )
Allows to define the connection to be terminated,
once not used for a defined time.
Windows ME has an enhancement: it allows you
to define that also very occasional traffic via
the modem (as it could be generated by some
e-mail programs making checks for new mail)
is regarded as Idle time.

You are now ready to make your Dial-Up Networking connection/ to connect to the Internet.

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The Author — Johannes Helmig

Dr.Johannes Helmig is working as Director, Technical Knowledge Management in the Belgium office of Gerber Technology where he is involved in Customer Service and internal training, with special interest in Networking.


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