Connecting To CocoNet

  • Operating System: Windows 95


What You Need to Get Started:
  • A PPP account with CocoNet
  • Your user name
  • Your password
  • CocoNet's local access telephone number for your area
  • Windows 95 CD

Step 1: Verify that Dial-up Networking is Installed

Press the Start button, select Settings..., then Control Panel. Double-click the Add/Remove Programs icon. Select the Windows Setup tab, then click on the Communications option and press Details.... Make sure that the Dial-up Networking option has a checkmark in the box. If it does, go on to step 2. If it doesn't, select it and click OK. Windows 95 will attempt to install the needed drivers, so make sure you've got your installation disks or CD handy! Now that Dial-up Networking is installed, you can proceed to step 2.

Step 2: Verify that the Client for Microsoft Networks, Dial-up Adapter and TCP/IP                  Protocol are all Installed

Press the Start button, select Settings..., then Control Panel. Double-click the Network icon. You'll see a dialog box like
this. Make sure the Configuration tab is selected. The Client for Microsoft NetworksDial-Up Adapter and TCP/IP should be present (like in the picture), then you're ready to proceed to step 3.

To add the Dial-Up Adapter, hit the Add... button, double-click Adapter, then scroll down the list until you can select Microsoft. Choose the Dial-Up Adapter and hit OK.

If you need to install TCP/IP, hit the Add... button, double-click Protocol, then select Microsoft, then TCP/IP, and hit OK.

To add Client for Microsoft Networks, click Add... button, then double-click Client, then select Microsoft, then click OK.
Now your Network dialog box should contain both Dial-Up Adapter and TCP/IP. Select the adapter, click Properties..., Bindings, and make sure the TCP/IP box is checked. You're now ready to proceed to step 3.
Step 3: Configure your TCP/IP Protocol

Go to the Control Panel and double-click the Network icon. You should get a dialog box like

Click on the TCP/IP protocol (highlighted in the picture) and press the Properties... button. You should get the TCP/IP Properties box.

There are six sections in this dialog box. We'll deal with them in order. In each case, you can click on the section title to get a picture of the dialog box with the correct options selected.

IP Address:
Select the Obtain an IP address automatically option.   It should look like
this when you're finished.

WINS Configuration:
There are three radio buttons available on this screen.  You can select only one by placing a solid dot in that place.  Make sure that the dot is filled in on the selection called Disable WINS Resolution (the top selection.)

No changes needed are from the default.

By default, the Client for Microsoft Networks option is checked. Leave it alone.

No changes needed are from the default.

DNS Configuration:
Select the Disable DNS option.

Primary Network Logon:
In the Primary Network Logon box make sure that Windows Logon is selected, instead of Client for Microsoft Networks.

When you're all done setting these options, press the OK button. Then press the OK button in the Network dialog box.  This is where you might need to insert your Windows 95 CD or diskettes.  Follow the instructions provided during this phase of the setup. Windows 95 will ask you to reboot. Press Yes and wait for Windows to restart.  After Windows restarts, you may get a Windows Logon prompt.   Put in your CocoNet username in all lowercase letters, then DO NOT put in a password.  Just key in your username for the logon name and press OK to all password prompts.  This will allow you to have the correct username, save your password to CocoNet and will not prompt for a password to enter Windows.

Step 4: Set up a Connection Icon

Open up My Computer from the desktop and double-click the Dial-Up Networking icon. Double-click the Make New Connection icon. This will walk you through the Make New Connection wizard. The first dialog box looks like

Type in CocoNet. Your modem (which should have been configured when you installed Windows 95) should be shown in the Select a modem: area. Press the Configure button and you'll get a dialog box that looks like this.

On the General tab, Crank up your modem speed to as fast as you think it will go. If you have a 14.4K modem, for example, make the maximum speed 19200.  For a 28.8 modem, select 38400 and select 115200 for a 33.6 or 56K modem. DO NOT, however, select Only connect at this speed. This will let your modem adjust as the connection needs.

Don't worry about the Connection tab, the defaults should be fine.

Next, select the Options tab. If it is available at the bottom, check the box that reads "Display modem status."  This will give you a little picture of your modem to let you know it is sending and receiving data from the Internet.  Now hit the OK button.

Click the Next > button in the Make New Connection wizard. Enter in the phone number for CocoNet access in your area.  Call CocoNet for the correct number if you do not know it.

Press the Finish button and your icon will be created. Your Dial-Up Networking folder should now look something like this.

Step 5: Setting the Dial-Up Properties
Press the RIGHT mouse button while the mouse cursor is on top of the CocoNet icon and choose Properties...  You should get a dialog box named whatever name you gave your icon, which looks something like this.

Press the Server Type... button. You'll get the Server Types dialog box. It should look like this.

In the Type of Dial-Up Server section, press the down arrow to drop down the list box. The list box options look like this. Since you're planning to use PPP, choose that server type in the list box.

Make sure that Log on to network and Require encrypted password in the Advanced options: section is not checked   Also, make sure that only TCP/IP in the Allowed network protocols: section is checked.  Make sure that NetBEUI and IPX/SPX Compatible are unchecked here.  They are not needed for CocoNet and can lengthen the time it takes to connect to CocoNet each time you dial the service.  Do not change any other settings in the Server Types area.  CocoNet automatically configures your DNS servers and IP address every time you dial in.  These number are not needed here.  Then press the OK button.

Hit the OK button in the remaining dialog box, and you're almost ready to dial!

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