Windows XP Dialup

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Windows XP Dialup Setup

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.

Open your Start menu and click on Run.

Start -> Run

Enter "inetwiz" and click "OK." to continue.

Run Menu

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 Select "Connect using my phone line" and click "Next."

Step 1

If you have not previously configured your Windows system to recognize your modem, you may be prompted run the Add Hardware Wizard (screenshot). If this is the case, please follow the steps detailed in the Add Hardware Wizard interface, then proceed. Windows will need some information about your location. Select the country you are in, and enter your area code. If you have to dial a number to access an outside line (typical for a hotel or some office phone systems), enter this information as well. Click "OK" to continue.

Step 2

Windows will display the locations it is aware of. Make sure that "My Location" is selected, then click "OK" to continue.

Step 3

Enter your local access number in the field labeled "Telephone Number." You can find your local access number using our POPfinder Tool online. Uncheck "Use area code and dialing rules" unless you have to dial a number to reach an outside line. Click "Next" to continue.

Step 4

For your "User name" enter your account name in lowercase with no spaces, followed by "". Enter your password as well. passwords are case-sensitive. Click "Next" to continues.

Step 5

Name your connection "" Click "Next" to continue.

Step 6

You will be prompted to start configuring an email account. Select "Yes" and click "Next" to continue.

Step 7

Enter your name in the field labeled "Display Name" and click "Next" to continue.

Step 8

Enter your email address. This will be your account name followed by "" in most cases. Click "Next" to continue.

Step 9

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 "". The outgoing mail (SMTP) server is named "". Click "Next" to continue.

Step 10

To retreive mail from, 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.

Step 11

Once all of the above information has been provided, Outlook Express is ready to be your mail client. You can start using it immediately. Click "Finish" to start using the internet. You can browse the web using Internet Explorer and send & receive email using Outlook Express. Both will automatically dial as needed.

Step 12 recommends setting up one or more alternate dialup once the Internet Connection Wizard is completed.

Getting to your Dialup Settings

First, open your Start menu and select Control Panel.

Start -> Control Panel

Double-click "Network & Internet Connections." On some systems, this may be labeled simply "Network."

Open Network & Internet Connections

Double-click on "Network Connections."

Open Network Connections

Open your connection.

Open your Connection

To review or change your dialup settings, click the button labeled "Properties."

Click Properties

General Dialup Properties

Under the General tab you can specify the number you computer dials to connect to recommends configuring alternate dialup numbers. Click the button labeled "Alternates" to configure this..

General Dialup Properties

Alternate Numbers Listing

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.

Alternate Numbers Listing

Click "add" to place another number on this list. There are multiple dialup points of presence available in most coverage areas. You can find a listing of access numbers in your area using the POP Finder

Add Alternate Number

Click the button labeled "OK" and the new phone number will be added to your list.

All done!

Click the button labeled "OK" to return to your General Dialup Properties.

Dialup Options

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 on your first attempt.

Dialup Options

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.

Dialup Security Settings

Networking Properties

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.

Networking Properties

TCP/IP 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 and, but this is entirely optional. Click the button labeled "Advanced..." for more information.

Tcpip properties.jpg

General Settings

Under the General tab, select both "Use default gateway on remote network" and "Use IP header compression."

General TCP/IP Settings

DNS Settings

The default settings for the DNS settings should function in most cases, but you may wish to specify you DNS information.

DNS Settings

The DNS server addresses are and You can optionally append the DNS suffix ""

DNS specified

WINS Settings

WINS resolution is unnecessary on a dialup connection.

WINS Settings

Advanced Options

Here you can enable or disable the default Windows XP Firewall as well as internet connection sharing.

Advanced Options

See Also

Windows XP Modem Control Panel