Setting up Windows 95 for an Internet Connection

Before you start, you will need to locate the following:

  • Internet Dial Up Account Configuration Sheet.
  • Windows 95 Installation disks or CD-ROM (might be needed)

    Also these instructions assume the following:

  • You computer is NOT connected to a network.
  • You are connecting to the Internet through a modem

    1. Dial-Up Networking

      1. Do you have Dial-Up Networking?
        Double-click on the "My Computer" icon on your desktop. In this folder, you'll see icons for your drives, your printers, and your Control Panels. If you see one for "Dial-Up Networking", you can proceed directly to part C. Otherwise, install it by following the instructions in part B.

      2. Installing Dial-Up Networking
        In your "My Computer" folder, double click on the "Control Panels" icon. Double click on the "Add/Remove Programs" icon in the Control Panels folder. In the Add/Remove Programs Properties dialog box, click on the Windows Setup tab. Select "Communications" from the list of components and push the Details button. In the Communications dialog box, place a check mark next to Dial-Up Networking. Make sure the box next to Phone Dialer is also checked. Click the OK button on all the dialog boxes you've opened. Windows 95 may ask for your Windows 95 installation disks or CD-ROM. Windows 95 may also ask to reboot. Let it. When done, close all folders and dialog boxes except the My Computer folder.

      3. Setting Up Dial-Up Networking
        In the My Computer folder, double click on the Dial-Up Networking folder. If the "Make a New Connection" dialog box doesn't automatically come up, double click on the Make a New Connection icon in the Dial-Up Networking folder. Follow the instructions given by Windows 95. Refer to your Internet Dialup Account Configuration sheet for the modem access phone number and other information. Use 'bitwise.net' as the name of the computer you are dialing. If Dial-Up Networking has trouble finding or configuring your modem, contact the modem manufacturer. When you are finished, there will be a new icon labeled 'bitwise.net' in your Dial-Up Networking folder. Drag a copy of it onto the desktop for easy access. This is the icon you will use to connect to the Internet.

    2. Network Configuration

      1. Network Components
        In your My Computer folder, double click on the Control Panel folder. In the Control Panel folder, double click on the Network icon. On the Configuration tab of the Network dialog box, find the window labeled 'The following network components are installed'. The only items that should be on that list are as follows:
        • Client for Microsoft Networks
        • Dial Up Adapter
        • TCP/IP

        If your list of installed network components is exactly like the list above, you can jump to section III. Otherwise, continue on through this section.

      2. Deleting Components
        Again, these instructions are only for systems that are not connected to a network. If you are on a network, contact the network administrator for help with this setup. For all network components that are not on the list above, remove them one by one by first selecting them and then pushing the remove button. If, once you have removed all extraneous network components, your list of components matches the list above, you may jump to section III. Otherwise continue through part C.

      3. Adding Components
        Follow the instructions to install any network component you are missing.
        1. Adding Client for Microsoft Networks
          Push the Add button. In the Select Network Component Type dialog box, select Client and push the Add button. In the Select Network Client dialog box, select Microsoft from the list of manufacturers. Select Client for Microsoft Networks from the list of network clients. Push the OK button.
        2. Adding Dial Up Adapter
          Push the Add button. In the Select Network Component Type dialog box, select Adapter and push the Add button. In the Select Network Adapter dialog box, select Microsoft from the list of manufacturers. Select Dial Up Adapter from the list of network adapters. Push the OK button.
        3. Adding TCP/IP
          Push the Add button. In the Select Network Component Type dialog box, select Protocol and push the Add button. In the Select Network Protocol dialog box, select Microsoft from the list of manufacturers. Select TCP/IP from the list of network protocols. Push the OK button.

          When you're done, push the OK button on the Network dialog box. Windows 95 may ask for the Windows 95 installation disks or CD-ROM. Windows 95 will also ask to reboot. Let it.

    3. TCP/IP configuration


      1. TCP/IP Settings
        Close all dialog boxes and folders except for the My Computer folder. Double click on the Dial-Up Networking icon. In the Dial-Up Networking folder, select bitwise.net with your right mouse button. Select Properties from the pull-down menu. In the bitwise.net dialog box, push the Server Type button.

        In the Server Type dialog box, set the check boxes as follows:

        • Log on to network - not checked
        • Enable software compression. - not checked
        • Require encrypted password - not checked
        • Net BEUI - not checked
        • IPX/SPX Compatible - not checked
        • TCP/IP - checked
        Push the TCP/IP Settings button to bring up the TCP/IP Settings dialog box. At the top of the dialog box, click on Server assigned IP address. About halfway down the dialog box, click on Specify name server addresses. In the field for Primary DNS, enter the address 204.97.222.2. In the field for Secondary DNS, enter the address 204.97.222.5. The two check boxes at the bottom should be checked. Push the OK buttons on all the dialog boxes you've opened and close the Dial-Up Networking folder.

    4. Connecting to Bitwise

      1. Now you're all done with your setup. What follows is the procedure that you'll follow every time you connect to the Internet through Bitwise.

      2. Double-click on the bitwise.net icon on your desktop to bring up the Connect To dialog box.

      3. Fill in your password (which can be found on your pink Internet configuration sheet) in the appropriate field. After you enter your password, you may want to check the Save Password checkbox. The good thing about saving the password is that you won't need to re-type it every time you log in. The potentially bad part is that anyone using your computer will be able to use your account. You decide.

      4. Push the Connect button. Over the course of about 30 seconds, you'll see a series of dialog boxes informing you of the progress of the login. The final dialog box will say 'Connected at 26400' (number may vary) and will have a button labeled 'Disconnect'. You may minimize this box until you are ready to disconnect. You are now connected to the Internet and ready to run whatever Internet applications you have. Enjoy!

    5. Internet Software

      1. Microsoft Internet Explorer
        Windows 95 comes with The Microsoft Internet Explorer. This is the icon on your desktop labeled 'The Internet'. The 2.0 and 3.0 versions of this program can be used as a Web browser, a Usenet News reader, and an e-mail client. If you're running a version below 2.0, you'll want to upgrade it. The upgrades are available for free from Microsoft at www.microsoft.com.

      2. Netscape Navigator
        The most popular browser on the planet. While Internet Explorer is free, Navigator is shareware. Available from www.netscape.com.

      3. If you're looking for more free Internet software, be sure to check out Stroud's Consumate Winsock Apps List at www.wlyn.com/stroud/cwsa.html.

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