Dialing out via DUN to the Internet

by Johannes Helmig [Published on 11 Nov. 1997 / Last Updated on 11 Nov. 1997]

Once the Connection has been configured properly, you are ready to dial:

On selecting "Dial", you need
to define your "User-Name"
and your Password.
You should "hear" now
your modem trying to
If you defined a Script,
then that script will now
take over and send to your
ISP the User-name and password.
You are connected !
To avoid to get this screen
on future connections, you can
put a check-mark on both

The Internet is based on the "TCP/IP"-protocol, and with the huge number of systems out there, it is important to have a working "DNS: Domain Name Service", so lets check it out by using the "TCP/IP"-utility "ping":

In this example, I "ping" my WebSite server "ourworld.compuserve.com".
TCP/IP works out via DNS, that the IP-address is :, so :
DNS is working !
Also, the TCP/IP connection to the Internet-server is up-and-running, because we are getting the ping-reply (this test can be made with ANY Internet server !)

In your Taskbar, look at the icon for "Dial-Up networking Monitor"
Right-click and call up the "Monitor":
The "Dial-Up Networking Monitor"
shows now the Statistics:
- transferred data

The tab:"Summary" shows all
active connections (do not forget:
NT can handle MULTIPLE
simultaneous connections).

The Button "Details" shows
you the IP-address, which was
assigned to your system for this
connection by the DHCP of your ISP.

Once you are finished "surfing" the Internet:
Do NOT forget to hang-up:
Right-Click on the taskbar-icon and select to
hang-up your connection.

To make it quicker to get to the Dial-Up connection icon, you can create a short-cut to it on the Desktop:

That's it: Happy Internet Surfing !

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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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