How to Connect to a Remote Server Using Dial-Up Networking

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This article describes the steps that are necessary to make a Dial-Up Networking connection to a remote server. For information about configuring a Dial-Up Networking server (a component of Microsoft Plus! for Windows 95), please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
139710 How to Enable Dial-Up Networking Server Capabilities

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Before you can create a Dial-Up Networking connection to a remote server, you must know the following information:
  • The remote server's phone number.
  • The network protocols installed on the remote server.
  • The type of remote server you want to connect to [such as Windows for Workgroups and Windows NT 3.1; NetWare Connect (NRN); or Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows 98 Second edition, Windows NT Server 3.5, or Internet (PPP)].
  • The remote server's computer name.

Installing a Modem

If a modem has not been installed and configured on your computer, you must install one by following these steps:
  1. In Control Panel, double-click Modems.
  2. Follow the instructions in the Install New Modem Wizard.

Installing Dial-Up Networking

If Dial-Up Networking is not installed on your computer, follow these steps:
  1. In Control Panel, double-click Add/Remove Programs.
  2. Click the Windows Setup tab, click Communications, and then click Details.
  3. Click to select the Dial-Up Networking check box, and then click OK.
  4. Click OK.
  5. Follow the instructions on the screen. When you are prompted to restart your computer, do so.

Creating a Connection

To create a Dial-Up Networking connection, follow these steps:
  1. Double-click the My Computer icon, and then double-click the Dial-Up Networking icon.
  2. Double-click Make New Connection.

    NOTE: Note the following information:
    • If you have not created a connection previously, the Make New Connection Wizard starts automatically.
    • If you have not installed a modem in Windows 95 (or Windows 98 or Windows 98 Second edition), the Install New Modem Wizard starts. Follow the instructions to install a modem.
  3. In the Type a name for the computer you are dialing box, type a name for the connection. Verify that the correct modem is selected, and then click Next.
  4. Type the area code and telephone number for the connection, select the appropriate country code for the remote server that you want to dial, and then click Next.
  5. Click Finish to add an icon for this connection to the Dial-Up Networking folder.

Configuring the Connection

To configure the new connection, follow these steps:
  1. Use the right mouse button to click the new connection, and then click Properties on the shortcut menu.
  2. Click Server Type, and then configure the settings to match the remote server.

    NOTE: It is usually best to leave the Advanced Options settings alone. Change these settings only if you are having problems connecting to the server.
  3. Select the network protocols that are in use on the server.
  4. Click OK, and then click OK again.

Verifying Network Protocols

To determine which network protocols are installed on your computer, follow these steps:
  1. In Control Panel, double-click Network.
  2. View the protocols that are listed in the The following network components are installed box.
If you need to install a network protocol, follow these steps:
  1. In Network properties, click Add.
  2. Click Protocol, and then click Add.
  3. In the Manufacturers box, click Microsoft. In the Network Protocols box, click the protocol that you want to install, and then click OK.

Connecting to the Remote Server

To connect to the remote server, follow these steps:
  1. Double-click My Computer, and then double-click Dial-Up Networking.
  2. Double-click the Dial-Up Networking connection that you want to use.
  3. Click Connect.
When you connect, a dialog box is displayed that states that you are connected to the server that you specified. This dialog box also shows the speed and duration of the connection.

NOTE: If you use Network Neighborhood to view the network after you connect, Network Neighborhood may take a long time to build a browse list (depending on the size of the network). Also, a browse list is displayed only if the server that you connect to is connected to a local area network (LAN).

If the remote server is a Dial-Up Networking server, follow these steps to view the remote server in Network Neighborhood:
  1. On the Dial-Up Networking server:
    1. In Control Panel, double-click Network.
    2. Click File And Printer Sharing For Microsoft Networks, and then click Properties.
    3. Click Browse Master, and then click Enabled in the Value box. Click OK.
    4. Click the Identification tab, and then note the name in the Workgroup box. Click OK.
    5. When you are prompted to restart your computer, do so.
  2. On the Dial-Up Networking client:
    1. In Control Panel, double-click Network.
    2. Click the Identification tab, change the name in the Workgroup box to match the name you noted in step 1.d, and then click OK.
After you perform these steps, when you dial in to the server, you can view the two computers in Network Neighborhood. Note that it may take a few minutes before you see the computers in Network Neighborhood.

Connecting to Shared Resources

After you are connected to a remote server, you can map a network drive or view shared network resources. Note that to view a resource, it must be shared by the host computer (the remote server or another computer that is connected by means of the network to the remove server).

To view resources, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start, and then click Run.
  2. In the Open box, type the following line (where computer_name is the name of the computer with resources that you want to view):
    \\computer_name
  3. Click OK.
To map a network drive, follow these steps:
  1. Right-click Network Neighborhood, and then click Map Network Drive on the shortcut menu.
  2. In the Drive box, click the drive letter that you want to use for the network drive.
  3. In the Path box, type the following line (where computer_name is the name of the server that is sharing the resource, and share_name is the name of the shared resource that you want to use):\\computer_name\share_name
To connect to resources on other networks, consult the documentation for the network or check with your network administrator.

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Article ID: 145843 - Last Review: January 19, 2007 - Revision: 1.3
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition
  • Microsoft Windows 98 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows 95
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