Windows 95 Dial-Up Networking
Guidelines for UVa Users
[last changed 9/26/96]
Q: How do I install Dial-Up Networking in Windows 95 to access
To see if Dial-Up Networking is installed, click Start, point
to Programs, point to Accessories, and see if an icon for
Dial-Up Networking exists.
If you have a Dial-Up Networking icon, Dial-Up Networking is
installed and ready to use. If you do not have a Dial-Up
Networking icon, add Dial-Up Networking. To do so, have your
Windows 95 installation disks or CD ROM ready and follow these
- Click Start, then Settings, then click Control Panel.
- Double-click Add/Remove Programs.
- On the Windows Setup tab, single-click on the word
"Communications" (do not click the check box next to
communications), then click Details.
- Click to select the Dial-Up Networking check box, then
- On the Windows Setup tab, click OK. Windows 95 now installs
the necessary components to use Dial-Up Networking.
At this point, you should make sure you have the right
protocols and services set up for your dialup networking. There
are four protocols normally installed by default which most
people should remove.
The Client for Microsoft Networking and the protocol NETBEUI
should be removed because ITC does not support these. Our
network routers cannot handle the load of advertising every
machine as if it were a peer-to-peer server on the network, so
those routers block the peer-to-peer features from crossing
subnet boundaries. In other words, if you leave these drivers
in, they won't do much except slow down your local subnet. It
is best to remove them.
The Client for Netware Networks and the protocol IPX/SPX should
be removed for most people because enabling remote Novell
server access will reduce the performance of your dial up
connection. Every 60 seconds your machine will pause as the
Novell server information is sent to it. ITC does not recommend
that you enable this feature unless you require it.
If you require access to a Netware server (like ACCPUBLIC or a
departmental server) then you may find this delay worth the
performance cost. You may even choose to add and remove this
driver from time to time, depending on what you wish to do
during a particular dialup session.
For directions on how to add support for Netware network access
via dialup networking, click here.
Meanwhile, for everyone wishing to delete these four drivers
and add drivers which will support Netscape and Telnet, follow
these numbered steps:
- Click Start:Settings:Control Panel:Network.
- Select Client for Microsoft Networks from the list
of drivers and click "delete".
- Select Client for Netware Networks from the list of
drivers and click "delete".
- Select NetBEUI from the list of drivers and click
- Select IPX/SPX from the list of drivers and click
- If you see a line for TCP/IP, skip the rest of these
- Click the "Add" button.
- Select "protocol".
- From the left column, select "Microsoft".
- From the right column, select "TCP/IP".
- Click "Okay" until you return to the Control Panel. You
will get a message telling you that you need to restart your
computer in order for your changes to take effect. It will
offer to restart Windows for you. Please accept that offer.
To create a connection for a PPP account, follow these steps:
- Click Start, point to Programs, point to Accessories, and
then click Dial-Up Networking.
- If this is the first time you have used Dial-Up Networking,
the Welcome To Dial-Up Networking Wizard appears. If the wizard
does not appear, double-click Make New Connection and follow
the instructions for creating a Dial-Up Networking connection.
The four telephone numbers you will need to access UVA's network
You may wish to set up multiple Dialup Networking icons so you
can bypass a busy modem to try out one that might not be busy.
- 982-5084 for 14.4 unlimited access
- 243-7673 for 14.4 access limited to 1 hour
- 296-8963 for 28.8 unlimited access
- 963-4624 for 28.8 access limited to 1 hour
- Once the connection is created, an icon appears in the
Dial-Up Networking folder that you can double-click to connect
to the Internet.
As of June 11, 1996 there has been a change in the
configuration of the 14.4 modems. Anyone who installed Dialup
Networking before that time may want to reconfigure their
sessions to take advantage of the "autosensing" features now in
place. Simply review the steps in the following numbered list,
paying special attention to item 3.
Please follow these steps to configure your Dialup Networking
- Using the right mouse button, click the newly created icon
in the Dial-Up Networking folder, and then click Properties.
- On the General tab, click Configure.
- On the Options tab, make sure the "Bring up terminal window
after dialing" check box is NOT selected, and then click
- On the General tab, click Server Type.
- In the Type Of Dial-Up Server list, click "PPP: Windows 95,
Windows NT 3.5, Internet," and then click to select the TCP/IP
check box in the Allowed Network Protocols area.
- Click TCP/IP Settings.
To use resources on the Internet, you must enter your three DNS
server addresses. These are:
The wizard only allows you to enter the first two. Also, it
oddly does not seem to pass these on to the TCP/IP driver. To
add the third one:
- Finish with the Wizard, then click Start.
- Choose Settings.
- Choose Control Panel.
- Double-click Network.
- Single-click TCP/IP
- Click the Properties button.
- Choose the DNS tab at the top of the dialog box.
- If the first two DNS entries are there, enter 126.96.36.199
in the box above the other two DNS addresses and click the Add
button. If there are no entries there yet, enter all three DNS
addresses in the sequence shown above. The sequence is
Now, you are finished configuring Dial-up Networking. To use
it, you must double-click the icon you just created for one of
the four telephone numbers to access the UVA network. A dialog
box will appear showing a box for your ID and a box for your
password. These are intended for your Dialin account at UVA.
If you do not have a Dialin account at UVA yet, please follow
the following steps:
- Click the Start button, then Program, then Accessories,
- Double click "New Connection".
- Give the telephone number 982-5964. This is a special
telephone number which is specifically set up to give you a
Dialin account, to change your Dialin password or to verify
your Dialin password.
- When you make the connection, you will get a log in prompt.
DO NOT ENTER YOUR ID. Instead, you must enter the single word
- Next, you get a menu with three options. You should choose
"Create a new dialin account."
- You will be asked for your Social Security number, your
last name and your birthdate. These will serve to identify you.
- The system will then tell you your ID and ask for your
password. This will be a new password you are now creating.
Like all UNIX passwords, it cannot be a common name or word. It
must be 6-8 characters long. It is better to mix letters and
numbers and to have some uppercase letters mixed in. The
password is case sensitive. The idea is to make a password you
can remember, but no one else can guess. You might
intentionally misspell a word in a way that you can remember,
or use the first letter of each word in a sentence you can
remember. Again, you want a password that you can remember and
others cannot guess. Since the system will reject passwords it
considers to be too easy to guess, you may want to have more
than one password ready. Also, please do not write down your
passwords. Instead, write down a clue that will help you
remember it, but that would not allow someone else to guess
your password if they found your written clue.
- You will have to enter the new password twice so the
computer knows you have not mistyped your first attempt,
resulting in your not knowing your own password.
- Once back at the opening menu, you might choose to verify
your password to make sure it is currently in effect. When you
are sure that it is working, close HyperTerminal.
When you know you have a Dialin account and you have the
Dial-up Networking opening dialog box in front of you, please
follow these steps:
- Make sure that you have the correct ID and password entered
in the dialog box. Windows will often fill in the ID for you
based upon the name you gave when you installed Windows 95, so
that may not be your Email ID. Many people type in the proper
password, but forget to check for the proper ID, since it is
already filled in. Remember to check that the ID is correct.
- Click the "connect" button.
- You will hear the modem dial and attempt to connect. If you
hear a busy signal, you will see a dialog box telling you that
the system is busy now. Try again later.
- If the modem makes a connection, a small dialog box will
briefly tell you that it is checking your ID and password. It
will then tell you that you are connected and show the duration
of your connection. You may minimize this dialog box if you
wish to get it out of your way, or you may leave it somewhere
on your screen so you can see how long you have been connected.
This will be significant if you are using the 1 hour limit
Now, all of the network related functions on your computer
should work. Netscape, PCMail, access to ACCPUBLIC and such
should all work (presuming that they have been installed).
We've had reports of a rare problem where Netscape, Telnet and
FTP work with UVA-local systems, but fail to access remote
systems on the Internet. If you have this problem, or other
unusual problems once you have followed these instructions up
to this point, then click here.
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