Windows Vista Dialup Setup
Windows Vista Dialup Setup
Open the Start Menu and select "Connect to."
Select the option to "Set up a connection or network."
Select "Set up a dial-up connection" and click "next."
Enter your local access number in the field labeled "Dial-up phone number." You can find your local access number using our POPfinder Tool online. Enter your Sonic.net user name in the box labeled "User name" and your Sonic.net password in the box labeled "Password." Once you have entered all that information, select the "Connect" button.
Windows will now attempt to use your new dialup connection before saving your work. If you would like to interrupt this process and save, click the button labeled "Skip" below.
If you skipped the initial connection attempt, or your attempt to connect otherwise failed, you will be presented with three options:
- Try Again. This will simply instruct your computer to re-try
- Diagnose the problem. If you did not intentionally interrupt
the connection attempt, this may be a good option. Dialup diagnostics are beyond the scope of this document.
- Set up the connection anyway. If you intentionally skipped the
test connection, this is probably the option you were intending to use.
Once your connection has been sucessfully created, you will get the following screen. Select the "close" button.
To connect to the internet, click the Start Button, select "Connect to," and then select the connection that you just created.
Getting to your Dialup Settings
Open the Start Menu and select "Control Panel."
Select the option "View network status and tasks."
Select "Manage network connections."
Open your Sonic.net connection.
To review or change your dialup settings, click the button labeled "Properties."
General Dialup Properties
Alternate Numbers Listing
Under the General tab you can specify the number you computer dials to connect to Sonic.net. Sonic.net recommends configuring alternate dialup numbers. Click the button labeled "Alternates" to configure this.
This screen will show you a listing of all dialup numbers your system knows how to connect to, in the order in which they will be used. In the event that the first number fails to connect, the second number will be dialed instead.
Click "add" to place another number on this list. There are multiple dialup points of presence available in most Sonic.net coverage areas. You can find a listing of access numbers in your area using the POP Finder.
Click the button labeled "OK" and the new phone number will be added to your list.
Click the button labeled "OK" to return to your General Dialup Properties.
Under the Options tab, you can make primarily cosmetic changes to your sytem's behavior during dialup. Set the redial options as you please, as you should be able to connect to Sonic.net on your first attempt.
Dialup Security Settings
Under the Security tab, you can change how Windows handles your password and login scripting. Select "Typical (reccomended settings) and "Allow unsecured password." Leave all other checkboxes unmarked.
Under the Networking tab, you should have "PPP: Windows 95/98/NT4/2000, Internet" selected as the type of dialup server you are calling. Select "Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) and click the button labeled "Properties" for more network settings.
In the Internet Protocol Properties window, you should make certain that the IP address is being assigned automatically. You may wish to specify your DNS server addresses to use 18.104.22.168 and 22.214.171.124, but this is entirely optional. Click the button labeled "Advanced..." for more information.
Under the IP Settings tab, select "Use default gateway on remote network," "Automatic metric" and "Use IP header compression."
The default settings for the DNS settings should function in most cases, but you may wish to specify your DNS information.
The DNS server addresses are 126.96.36.199 and 188.8.131.52. You can optionally append the DNS suffix "sonic.net."
WINS resolution is unnecessary on a Sonic.net dialup connection.