Verification of the Dial-Up Networking Setup

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

I am curious, so each time I make a substantial change to a system, I have a look in the "Control-Panel" on what the system has actually installed.
In this case, after having installed "Dial-Up Networking/Remote Access", lets check the "Network"-applet:

On a Network, each system needs a
UNIQUE name, and on Microsoft
systems, there is always the
The system has install additional services,
(like as having a REAL Network-board
Some of these services have no active
role, when connecting to the Internet and
just "surfing the Web", but the systems
insists on all these components, you CANNOT
un-install them (to try to save memory).
Lets verify the Protocol setup:
"IPX/SPX" is called "NWLink IPX/SPX"
and is installed by default for "Auto Detect"
of the Frame-Typ ( see "Properties"), which
usually works fine and does NOT need to
To enable Windows NT to use "IPX/SPX"
to communicate to other systems, it requires
in addition the "NWLink NetBIOS" to be

Although "TCP/IP" protocol is installed,
nothing can be configured here, because
for Dial-Up Networking, all "TCP/IP"
setting/properties are defined as part of
the specific connection (because the values
could be and are most the time different
for each connection).

If you do NOT have a network-board (in
addition to your modem), then the Tab:
"Adapters" is empty (it does NOT show the
Dial-Up Adapter/Modem, as Windows95
is showing it).

But then looking at the tab:"Bindings" and
expanding the list-items by clicking on the
'+' signs, the logical connections ("bindings")
between the Services, Protocol and the
"Remote Access WAN Wrapper" (which
is your modem) are displayed.

There is an additional icon in the "Control-Panel" to check/configure "Dial-Up Networking":
the "Dial-Up Monitor":

The "Dial-Up Monitor" shows for active
connections the statistical information,
on how much data has been transferred
use the preferences to define any
sounds to indicate connection events
and on how to display the
"Dial-Up Monitor"

We checked out setup, now we are ready to define our first connection:

Define a Dial-Up Networking Connection

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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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