I know so many people who seem to have a great deal of problems when they try to establish a Web connection. 99% of the CD-ROM will be filled with advertising rubbish and spy-ware that gums up our computer systems and makes us susceptible to the advertisers on the web. This type of product should be prohibited, in my opinion. Not only is a CDROM totally unnecessary to get us connected, it is a downright infringement of our personal privacy. Not to mention the fact that it’ll impregnate your computer with registry entries and files that can make it practically impossible to remove without a complete re-installation of your operating system.
Watch out for the spam e-mail that you will receive once you log on the World Wide Web, if you have installed the CD-ROM software. How can you avoid all this hassle? Simple DIY. All you need to set up a link to the web is right there in your operating system. It doesn’t matter which operating system. All of the current Microsoft Windows operating systems have the required software installed ready that you can configure it and get connected.
All flavours of Linux have the same type of setup therefore will AppleMac. The principles are the same, but the method varies from merchant to vendor. Because of this article I am going to set out the technique so you can get an Internet connection set up on the Windows XP Pro operating system. The rules and actions for Windows XP Home and Windows 2000 Professional are just about the same.
Windows 95/98 and Me are extremely similar therefore, to some extent, is Windows NT4 Workstation. I am not going to include Windows servers as it is improbable that you’d be using a server operating system in a home environment. Plus, you ought not to set-up an Internet connection of this type on a network server. Server connections must be secure and protected.
The settings process is a lot more complex and beyond the home or casual consumer. Remember, we are going to do this without any ISP CDROM disks or a safety net. Just hold on restricted and follow the instructions carefully and meticulously. You can’t do any great damage and if you get into a knot, it is fairly easy to back up by simply deleting the connection.
Frustration is likely to be the big demon in every matter regarding configuring computer services. You’ll want a computer! It must be working and you’ll want one of the Microsoft Windows operating systems, mentioned previously. You shall need a modem, internal or external, (external is better as it is easier to reset if required.
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The modem/TA will be plugged into the computer via a USB or Serial port connection. You ought to have the correct connectors and wires given your modem/TA. Look carefully at the instructions and plug everything in. Switch on the modem/TA and you ought to see it do a power-on-self-test. Basically, all the lights on the modem/TA will flash on and off and then relax to a power-on light and a light that indicate its default bandwidth, (probably 56K for a modem). Now comes the difficult bit.
You have to install the modem/TA software connection to the computer. It might be that it’s been installed from your operating systems Plug-and-play technology already. That is, when you plugged it in and powered it up, the operating system recognizes it and displayed a message letting you know it had found the new hardware and was installing the supporting software for you. If it is successful, that will save you the trouble of manually carrying it out.
Add/Remove Hardware and dual go through the icon. This will start the Add/Remove Hardware Wizard. Microsoft operating systems are filled with Wizards. They are supposed to be helpful? You are still left by me to judge that one. Now you have the modem/TA installed its a good idea to run an instant diagnostic test to ensure it is working and there are no software problems. Modems generally in most Windows operating systems.
In Windows XP the route is a bit more convoluted. Phone and Modem Options (!). You have found the modem icon or the correct icon Once, dual click it and choose the Modems Tab. Choose Properties and then Diagnostics Tab Then. You will notice a button that is labeled Query Modem. Click it and the operational system will send a note to interrogate the modem/TA. Lights will flash on the unit and you should see a lot of strange text flow into the box on the screen. That’s it. So long as you get the text everything is fine. No text and you’ll have to re-install the driver or the hardware. Other information may be available in this dialog box.