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Checking Your KansasNet Dial-Up Connection Configuration on Windows 95/98

This page will help you check your KansasNet Dial-Up Connection's properties to make sure it is configured correctly.  An incorrect configuration could infringe on your computer's ability to connect to KansasNet.  You will also find instructions here for creating a KansasNet connection on your computer if it is not already there, just keep reading.


STEP 1:
Open 'My Computer' by double-clicking on the icon on your desktop.  You will see the My Computer window shown below.  Next, open the 'Dial-Up Networking' folder in the My Computer window.  If you do not have a 'Dial-Up Networking' folder, click here for help installing DUN.


STEP 2:
If you have already installed KansasNet, you will see the KansasNet icon in the Dial-Up Networking window.

Right click on the KansasNet icon and select Properties

If you do not see the KansasNet icon (shown above), and only see the 'Make New Connection' icon, click here.
If you have other Dial-Up connections in the window that you do not use, then it is probably safe to delete those connections.  In order to do so, right click on the connection you want to discard, then click Delete (it will ask you to confirm the deletion).


STEP 3:
After clicking Properties in Step 2, the KansasNet properties window will open.  In this box, you will see the phone number your computer dials to connect to KansasNet in your area.  Make sure the phone number appears correctly, if you are unsure of what phone number to use, click the link below for a list of our access numbers.  If you want to use the area code, make sure to check the option 'Use country code and area code'.

KansasNet Dial-Up Local Access Telephone Numbers

At the bottom of this window, in the 'Connect using:' section,  you will see the name of your modem.  If your modem says 'Standard Modem' or starts with the word 'Standard', this means most likely that your modem is not installed properly, and that your computer is using generic built-in modem drivers to control your modem.  You will need to have your modem properly installed in order to use KansasNet.  You should bring your computer to a computer service center to have your modem installed correctly.

Next, click the Configure button below the name of your modem.


STEP 4:
After clicking the Configure button in Step 3 above, you will see the window below.  It is usually safe to set your modem's maximum speed on the highest setting available in the list, usually 115200 or 57600.  DO NOT check 'Only connect at this speed'.


STEP 5:
Next click the Connection tab in the Modem Properties window.  Check the configuration here to make sure it matches the settings shown in the window below.  Set 'Data bits:' to equal 8, 'Parity' to equal None, and 'Stop bits:' to equal 1.  In the Call Preferences section, check both 'Wait for dial tone before dialing' and 'Cancel the call if not connected within 60 secs'.  DO NOT select 'Disconnect a call if idle for more than __ mins'.

Next click the Port Settings button and make sure your Advanced Port Settings look like the window below.  Check 'Use FIFO buffers (requires 16550 compatible UART)'.  Then move the Receive Buffer slider to the third notch from the left, and move the Transmit Buffer slider all the way to the right.  Click OK.

Back at the Modem Properties window, click the Advanced button.  Again, just make sure your Advanced Connection Setting window appears like the one below. Check 'Use error control', then check 'Compress Data'.  Also check 'Use flow control' and then select 'Hardware (RTS/CTS)'.  In the modulation type menu, select 'Standard'.  The Extra setting box should be blank.  Do no check 'Record a log file'.  Then press OK.


STEP 6:
In the Modem Properties window, click the Options tab.  The only box you should have checked is 'Display modem status' at the bottom.


STEP 7:
Your modem properties may have a Distinctive Ring tab, most likely you do not have this service from your phone company, so do not check the option.


STEP 8:
Your modem properties may have a Forwarding tab also, most likely you do not have call forwarding service from your phone company, so do not check the option.  Press OK, this will take you back to the KansasNet properties window.


STEP 9:
Back at the KansasNet Properties windows, click on the Server Types tab.  For 'Type of Dial-Up Server:' select PPP: Windows 95, ...  Check only the boxes 'Enable Software compression' and 'TCP/IP'. 

Next, click the TCP/IP Settings button.  In this window, you should have selected 'Server assigned IP address', 'Server assigned name server addresses', 'Use IP header compression', and 'Use default gateway on remote network'.  Click OK.


STEP 11:
Next click the Scripting tab, nothing should be entered in the 'File name:' box, and you should check 'Start terminal screen minimized'.  Press OK.

The KansasNet properties Windows closes and you are finished checking your KansasNet Dial-Up Connection's configuration.


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Last modified: April 17, 2007