Windows XP DSL
All releases of Microsoft Windows since Windows 95 OSR1 has included an Internet Setup Wizard application. The following are instructions for use of the Internet Setup Wizard in a Windows XP Home environment. In order for DSL to function, the hardware must also be installed. Please see the documentation included with your self-install kit for details.
Open your Start menu and click on Run.
Enter "inetwiz" and click "OK." to continue.
This will start the Internet Connection Wizard. You will be asked a series of questions, which your computer will use to configure itself to dial Sonic.net. Select "Connect using my local area network (LAN)" and click "Next."
Make sure no options are checked here. Click "Next" to continue.
You will be prompted to start configuring an email account. Select "Yes" and click "Next" to continue.
Enter your name in the field labeled "Display Name" and click "Next" to continue.
Enter your email address. This will be your Sonic.net account name followed by "@sonic.net" in most cases. Click "Next" to continue.
Outlook Express needs to know which mail servers to get mail from and to send mail through. The incoming mail server is a POP3 server, and its name is "pop.sonic.net". The outgoing mail (SMTP) server is named "mail.sonic.net". Click "Next" to continue.
To retreive mail from pop.sonic.net, Outlook Express will need your Account Name & Password. Please note that your Account Name is always in lowercase for this purpose, and that your password is case-sensitive. Select "Remember Password" to prevent having to type your password every time you check for new mail. Click "Next" to continue.
Once all of the above information has been provided, Outlook Express is ready to be your mail client. Click "Finish" to complete the setup.
LAN Settings (DHCP)
In Windows XP, you can access the settings for your Local Area Network (LAN) connection through the control panel. If you would like to configure your IP address statically, set your computer to match our Static LAN Settings (Windows XP) screenshots.
Getting to your LAN Settings
First, open your Start menu and click on "Control Panel."
Click on "Network & Internet Connections." On some systems, this may be labeled simply "Network."
Click on "Network Connections"
Double-click on your Local Area Network connection.
You will be shown you current LAN Status. Provided that you system is connected to an active Ethernet device, this should indicate that your connection is enabled. Click on the button labeled "Properties" to review or change your LAN settings.
Your general LAN Properties screen will show you the network device your system is connected to the network through. In this example, a 3Com Ethernet card is being used. To review or change your TCP/IP settings, select Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) and click on the button labeled "Properties."
Your TCP/IP Properties window will allow you to specify vital network information such as your IP Address, Gateway Address, Subnet Mask, and DNS Server IP addresses. This is normally not necessary. Please see our [lan_settings.shtml LAN Settings (Static)] screenshots for an alternate method of configuring a Windows device to use Sonic.net broadband products.
It is unnecessary to enable IIEE 802.1x authentication on a Sonic.net DSL connection.
The default Internet Connection Firewall provides a modicum of network security for your Windows XP system. Be sure to keep your system updated with Windows Update.