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Configuring Windows 95 Dialer

­Stan Gelber

Browser programs come in different flavors. If you are using AOL or Compuserve you do not have to be concerned about how to dial-up and access the Internet because you are provided with the necessary software to perform the tasks of dialing and logging on.

If you connect directly to the Internet through an ISP, your browser program may take care of the dialing and log-in procedures but that is not always the case. For example the standard version of Netscape Navigator (Version 3.1 and Netscape Communicator) does not have built in dialers.

Many free and shareware dialer programs are available however you can choose to use the Windows 95 or Windows NT dialer that comes with your operating system. Setting up the dialer means that you must install it if it is not already resident. Installation requires that you do the following:

  1. Select "Help" from you start menu.

  2. Enter the term "Dial up Networking".

  3. Follow the instructions and select "Install".

  4. You will be asked to provide information about your ISP's telephone number, your log-on ID, and password. You may also be asked to enter a TCP/IP address which you can obtain from your ISP.

You also need to set certain parameters so that the operating system will be able to dial your internet service provider and establish a connection to the Internet. This can be performed using the Modem applet in the Setup Group.

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