Windows XP Dialup
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.
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 phone line" and click "Next."
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.
Windows will display the locations it is aware of. Make sure that "My Location" is selected, then click "OK" to continue.
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.
For your "User name" enter your Sonic.net account name in lowercase with no spaces, followed by "@sonic.net". Enter your password as well. Sonic.net passwords are case-sensitive. Click "Next" to continues.
Name your connection "Sonic.net." 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. 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.
Sonic.net 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.
Double-click "Network & Internet Connections." On some systems, this may be labeled simply "Network."
Double-click on "Network Connections."
Open your Sonic.net connection.
To review or change your dialup settings, click the button labeled "Properties."
General Dialup Properties
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..
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.
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 184.108.40.206 and 220.127.116.11, but this is entirely optional. Click the button labeled "Advanced..." for more information.
Under the General tab, select both "Use default gateway on remote network" and "Use IP header compression."
The default settings for the DNS settings should function in most cases, but you may wish to specify you DNS information.
The DNS server addresses are 18.104.22.168 and 22.214.171.124. You can optionally append the DNS suffix "sonic.net."
WINS resolution is unnecessary on a Sonic.net dialup connection.
Here you can enable or disable the default Windows XP Firewall as well as internet connection sharing.