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Windows 95/98/ME Dialup Networking Configuration


Windows 95/98/ME include everything needed to connect to the Internet via NetGate. To make a connection you'll need to have installed Dialup Networking off of your Windows 95/98/ME install disks or CD. Most new systems have this pre-installed making setup very easy. You'll also need the TCP/IP networking protocol installed (also included with 95/98/ME) and a properly configured modem attached to your computer. Follow the simple steps below to install and configure Windows 95/98/ME Dialup Networking (DUN).

Note: If the Internet Connection Wizard comes up please see our instructions for setting up the connection using the wizard.

Step 1 - Check if Dialup Networking is Installed

To check to see if you'll need to install Dialup Networking double click on the My Computer icon on your desktop, it should come up with a list of your disk drives, a shortcut to the control panel, and if installed, a shortcut to the "Dialup Networking" folder. If there is no shortcut to the folder you will have to install Dialup Networking from your original Win 95/98 CD or floppy disks. If the Dialup Networking is installed skip to Step 3.

Step 2 - Install Dialup Networking

  1. Double-click the "My Computer" icon, and then the "Control Panel" icon.
  2. Open "Add/Remove Programs".
  3. Switch to the "Windows Setup" panel.
  4. Select the "Communications" item and click the "Details" button.
  5. Ensure that the "Dialup Networking" item is checked. If the "Dialup Networking" item not checked then check the box to the left of the item.
  6. Click OK, and then OK again.  If necessary Windows will read the needed files from the install disks.
  7. When finished, restart Windows if requested.

Step 3 - Install the TCP/IP Protocol (if needed)

  1. Go back to the "Control Panel" window and open up the "Network" item.
  2. If you see that TCP/IP is already in the list, click OK and skip to Step 4.
  3. Click the "Add" button.
  4. Select "Protocol", and click "Add".
  5. Select "Microsoft" in the left column, and "TCP/IP" in the right.
  6. Click OK.  Windows should read the needed files form the install disks.
  7. When finished, restart Windows if requested.

Step 4 - Configure the NetGate Dialup Networking Connection Icon

To establish a connection to the Internet you will need to create a NetGate Internet dialup connection document inside your Dialup Networking folder. Follow the steps listed below to properly setup a connection icon.

  1. Double-click the "My Computer" icon, and then the "Dialup Networking" icon.
  2. Double-click the "Make New Connection" icon.
  3. Type "NetGate" into the name field.
  4. Assuming your modem is configured, click "Next". If your modem is not properly configured refer to  the manual that came with your modem or call the manufacturer.
  5. Enter the phone number of the local NetGate access point.
  6. Click "Finish",
Step 5 - Configure the NetGate Internet Connection Icon Properties
  1. Click once on the connection document you just created and select "Properties" from the "File" menu.
  2. Click the "Server Type" button or tab (depending on the version of Windows).
  3. Uncheck "Log on to network".
  4. Uncheck "NetBEUI" and "IPX/SPX Compatible".
  5. Ensure that "Enable software compression" and TCP/IP" are checked.
  6. Click the "TCP/IP Settings" button.
  7. Leave set to "Server Assigned IP Address", but select "Specify name server addresses".
  8. Enter the Primary and secondary DNS as and respectively.  Leave the WINS fields blank.
  9. Leave both "Use IP header compression" and "Use default gateway checked.
  10. Click OK until you to return to the Dialup Networking window.
Step 6 - Configure TCP/IP Properties
  1. In Control Panel, Open up Network.
  2. Select TCP/IP, and click the Properties button.
  3. Select the "WINS Configuration" panel.
  4. Click the top radio button labeled "Disable WINS Resolution".
  5. Select the DNS Configuration panel.
  6. Select "Enable DNS"
  7. Give your host a name (anything will work - your username is fine).
  8. Enter "" into the "Domain" field
  9. Under "DNS Server Search Order" enter and click "Add".  Enter and click "Add" .
  10. Click OK twice to close the control panel, and restart when requested.
Step 7 - Try Connecting
  1. Double-click the "My Computer" icon, and then the "Dialup Networking" icon.
  2. Double click the new connection document (NetGate icon) you just configured. Make sure your username and password are correct.
  3. Click "Connect".

Tip: For your convenience we recommend adding a NetGate Internet shortcut to your desktop. To create the shortcut, right click on the NetGate icon inside the Dialup Networking folder and select "create shortcut". A dialog will be displayed explaining that the shortcut cannot be saved here and asking you if you would like to save it on the Desktop. Answer "Yes" and a shortcut will be created on your desktop. Now try using the shortcut to connect.