Dial-up Settings: Windows XP
Creating a Windows XP Connection
If you do not have any software from Internet America, or the software is not available at the PC you are configuring, these instructions will help you get everything setup manually.
Begin by opening the Control Panel:
- Click on the Start Menu, choose All Programs, then choose Control Panel.
Control Panel: Category View
Depending on your preference, the Control Panel will open in Category View (Screen A) or Classic View (Screen B). If you do not see the following screen (Category View), go here.
In Category View (Screen A) of the Control Panel, double click on Network and Internet Connections to launch the following screen:
- Next, select the Network Connections Control Panel icon in the bottom corner.
Click here to skip to the next screen »
- If you see the screen above, double click on Network Connections.
From this point forward, the rest of the screens should look the same.
- Double click on Create a new connection on the left sidebar to launch the New Connection Wizard.
New Connection Wizard
The New Connection Wizard greets you with "Welcome to the New Connection Wizard" screen:
- To continue, click Next.
Choose Connection Type
- For the Network Connection Type, choose Connect to the Internet, then click the Next button.
Select How to Connect to the Internet
- At this screen, choose Set up my connection manually, then click the Next button.
- At this screen, choose Connect using a dial-up modem, then click the Next button.
- In the ISP Name box, type a name for the new connection, such as Internet America, then click the Next button.
Phone Number to Dial
- In the Phone number box, type your local dialup number (found here). If you have mandatory 10-digit dialing, make sure you type the ENTIRE phone number in this box.
- Click the Next button.
Internet Account Information
- In the User name box, type your username
- In the Password box, type your password. Do the same in theConfirm password box too.
- If this is the only internet connection you use, put a check in the second box labeled Make this the default Internet connection.
- Click the Next button.
- At the final window, make sure you check Add a shortcut to this connection to my desktop. This will allow you to easily connect to the internet through an icon on your desktop.
- Click the Finish button.
Configure New Connection
- You will be taken back to the Network Connections window. You should be able to see the newly created icon. Double click on the new icon
- When the Connect window opens, click the Properties button.
- When the Properties window opens, select the Networking tab.
- Make sure Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) is selected in the middle box, then click the Properties button.
- About halfway down, select the circle that says Use the following DNS server addresses.
- For the Preferred DNS server, enter 126.96.36.199
- For the Alternate DNS server, enter 188.8.131.52
- Click the OK button.
- Click the OK button one more time and you will be taken back to the Connect window.
Your computer is now setup to connect to the Internet!
- If you did not select the Create a shortcut option when you created the connection, or you need to create a shortcut on your desktop for another connection, click on the File menu, then choose Create Shortcut.
- You should see an "error" message asking if you want the shortcut placed on your desktop. Click the Yes button.
- The shortcut should now appear on your desktop. Close the Network Connections. Once you locate the new icon on your desktop, double-click on it to connect.