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VSNL TCP/IP Internet Installation Guide

To make your installation easier, you may want to print this out. Follow this link first, then print.
Step 1: Install Dial-up Networking
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 is selected. See the picture to see how it should look. If it is selected, proceed to Step 2.

If Dial-up Networking is NOT selected (checked):
Select Dial-up Networking and click OK. Windows95 will attempt to install the needed drivers, so make sure you've got your installation disks of CD handy. Once that is finished, proceed to Step 2.

Step 2: Install Dial-up Adapter and TCP/IP
Verify that the Dial-up Adapter and TCP/IP Protocol are 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. Both Dial-up Adapter and TCP/IP should be present (like in the picture). If they're already there, proceed to Step 3.

Install 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.

Install TCP/IP:
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: TCP/IP Configuration
Go to the Control Panel and double-click the Network icon. You should get a dialog box like this.

Where it says Primary Network Logon: choose Windows Logon from the drop-down list.

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.

WINS Configuration:
Select the Disable WINS Resolution option for now, you can enable it later when you want to run Peer to Peer Networking. That is beyond the scope of this document, though.

No changes are needed from the default. It should be entirely blank.

By default, the Client for Microsoft Networks option is checked. Uncheck it. If the Bindings window is blank, leave it alone.

No changes are needed from the default. See the picture.

DNS Configuration:
In the Host: field enter your login name. In the Domain: field, enter vsnl.net.in. In the DNS Server Search Order field, enter the numbers based on your city. For example, Mumbai uses and Find out the correct IP numbers for your city through this list. Leave the Domain Suffix Search Order field blank. See the picture.

Step 4: Configuring Dial-up Networking
Create a "VSNL" Phonebook entry:
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 this.

Type in VSNL or whatever you want to call the icon (the title won't affect the type of connection). 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 57600. If you have a 28.8K modem, make it 115200. 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. Check the Bring up terminal window after dialing box, as shown in this picture. Now hit the OK button.

Click the Next > button in the Make New Connection wizard. Enter in the phone number used to access VSNL. You don't need to put in an area code if it's a local call.

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

Setting the Dial-up Properties:
Select your newly-created connection icon, press the right mouse button 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. Type of Dial-Up Server should be set to PPP: Windows 95, Windows NT 3.5, Internet. In the advanced options, check the Log on to network and Enable software compression. Do not check Require encrypted password. In the Allowed Network protocols: options, check NetBEUI and TCP/IP. Do not check IPX/SPX Compatible.

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

Configuring automatic redial on busy
If you are interested in having your modem auto-redial VSNL if it gets a busy signal, then follow these instructions: From the Dial-Up Networking folder, select the Connections... menu item, then the Settings... option. From there, you can choose the number of times you would like your dial-up sessions to attempt a connection.

Step 5: Dialing in and getting connected
Double-click your session icon that you recently made. You'll get the Connect To dialog, which looks like this. Put your username and password in the appropriate text areas.

Press the Connect button and your modem should start dialing. After a few rings, your VSNL should answer. You should see a Post Dialup Terminal Window appearing on the upper left hand corner of your screen. It would show Username: prompt. Supply your userid and press Enter. Then a Password: will show up and you will need to supply your password and press Enter. Then a router prompt e.g. gilvsb4.38> will appear and at this prompt you will have to type ppp and hit enter. You will see junk characters at that point you will have either click on Continue or press F7.

Congratulations! You're connected. Surf to any site you wish now. Here's a starting point you may find useful.

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