For experienced internet users, the raw facts:
- Phone numbers for PPP access:
- DNS Servers:
- 126.96.36.199 (dns1.acme.net)
- POP Mail Server:
- USENET News Server:
For inexperienced but adventurous
internet users, who have some proficiency with
Call ACME for your personal internet account.
Be sure to write down
your username, password, and internet E-Mail address;
you won't be able to
use the internet without them.
Obtain an account and password on the ACME internet server.
Get your original Windows 95 CD or disks. You will need
them if TCP/IP
or Dialup Networking were not installed when you
loaded Windows 95.
Locate your Windows 95 media.
Make sure your computer is turned on and is operating normally.
- 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
- If it is, go on to Step 4.
- If it isn'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
- Now that Dial-up Networking is installed, you can proceed
to Step 4.
Verify that Dial-Up networking is installed.
- Press the Start button, select Settings, then
- Double-click the Network icon.
- You'll see a dialog box. Make sure the Configuration
tab is selected.
- Both Dial-Up Adapter and TCP/IP should be
- If they are, proceed to Step 5.
- To install Dial-Up Adapter, click Add,
double-click Adapter, then scroll down the list
until you can select Microsoft.
- Choose the Dial-Up Adapter and click OK.
- To install TCP/IP, click Protocol, click
Add, then select Microsoft, then
TCP/IP, and click OK. Now your Network
dialog box should contain both Dial-Up Adapter
- Select the Dial-Up Adapter, click Properties,
Bindings, and make sure the TCP/IP box
- You're now ready to proceed to Step 5.
Verify that the Dial-Up Adapter and TCP/IP
protocol are installed.
Now that the driver is installed, you need to configure it so
it will work with Windows 95.
- Go to the Control Panel and double-click the
- Click on the TCP/IP protocol and press the
- TCP/IP Properties - fill in the following:
- IP Address: Select the "Obtain an IP
Address Automatically" option.
- WINS Configuration: Select the Disable
- Gateway: Leave This One Alone!
- Bindings : Leave This One Alone!
- Advanced: Leave This One Alone!
- DNS Configuration
If ACME will be your
only Internet Service
Provider defined within Dial-Up Networking,
enter the following information:
If you plan to use other Internet Service
Providers with Dial-Up Networking, make sure
DNS is disabled. It will be enabled in a
- Click Enable DNS
- HOST: Your login id
- DOMAIN: acme.net
- DNS Server Search Order:
then click ADD (primary),
then enter 188.8.131.52 then click
- When you're finished setting these options, press the
OK button. Then press the OK button in
the Network dialog box.
- Windows 95 will ask you to reboot. Press Yes and
run to the fridge for a quick snack. You're almost done!
Configure the network control panel.
- Double-click on My Computer
- Double-click on Dial-Up Networking
- Double-click on Make New Connection icon (unless
you have an icon that says ACME). Make New Connection
wizard will start.
- Type in "ACME" or whatever you want to call the icon
(the title won't affect the connection).
Your modem (which should have been configured when you
installed Windows 95) should be shown in the
Select a modem: area.
- Select Configure.
- In the General section, 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 38400.
DO NOT, however, select "Only Connect at this Speed."
This will let your modem adjust as the connection
quality requires. Don't worry about the Connection or
Options sections, the defaults should be fine.
- Click on Next.
- Enter the Telephone number (456-7890)
You don't need to put in an area code if it's a local
- Click Finish.
Set up the Connection Icon.
- Select your newly-created connection icon, press the right
mouse button and choose Properties.
- Pick Server Type. The type of Dial-Up Server should
say PPP: Windows 95, Windows NT 3.5, Internet.
- Uncheck Log on to network, NetBEUI and IPX/SPX
- Select TCP/IP Settings.
- Select Server assigned IP address.
- Select Specify name server addresses and add these
Primary DNS 184.108.40.206
Secondary DNS 220.127.116.11
- Select OK.
- Select the OK button in the remaining dialog boxes.
When you get back to the Dial-Up Networking
window, you can click and hold the "ACME" icon and
drag it out onto the desktop to make a shortcut to
it. Now you are ready to connect.
Set the Dial-Up Properties.
- Double-click on the "ACME" icon that you recently made.
You'll get the "Connect To" dialog.
- Put your User name and Password in the
appropriate text areas. (You must type these
in lower case letters.)
- Press the Connect button and your modem should
- Windows 95 should take care of the rest!
- After you get the "Connected at ####### bps" message, you
can minimize the Dialog Box.
- YOU'RE CONNECTED!
Dial in and connect to the server.
You will need a web browser if you want to "surf the web."
Netscape is the world's most popular web browser, and you
can download it over the internet.
However, it is not free, and you should pay for it if you
Microsoft's Internet Explorer is free, but Netscape is
smaller and faster.
Follow these steps to download Netscape for Windows 95:
- You must be connected to download Netscape Navigator.
If you have broken the connection, you must activate
the Dial-Up networking icon again.
- Press the Start button, select Programs,
then MS-DOS Prompt. You should get either a
command window or a command screen.
(You can toggle the DOS session between a window and
full-screen by holding the ALT key and
pressing Enter. If your DOS session locks up,
you should toggle it for display as a window,
then close the window.)
- Enter the following commands:
- For the User: prompt, enter
- For the password, enter your E-Mail address
You will not see the characters of the
password as you type them.
- Go have dinner. You are downloading a 3-Megabyte file.
It may take a half-hour or more. You will see "#"
marks appear on the screen as the download progresses,
and you will also see your modem activity lights
blinking on your task bar (lower right corner of
the screen). If the lights stop blinking or your
connection to the internet is broken, you will have
to start over.
- After you see the message "Transfer Complete," enter the
Netscape will begin its installation. Follow the
prompts to install Netscape.
When it has finished, you will have a blue Netscape
Navigator icon on your desktop. You may use it
whenever you are connected to the internet.
Netscape's integrated USENET News client should work
with minimal modifications.
You must modify the news server to be news.acme.net in
the Servers section of the Mail and News Options.
To activate the News client, select Window /
Navigator News from the Netscape Navigator
Netscape's integrated Electronic Mail client
will require substantial configuration before
it will work. To configure it, follow the following
- From the main Netscape Navigator menu, select
- Select Mail and News Preferences...
- Select the Servers tab.
- In the POP3 User Name box, enter your ACME
internet account name.
- Select the Identity tab.
- Type you full name, as you want it to appear on
all of your E-Mail messages, in the Your
- Type your email address in the Your Email:
box. You should have received an E-Mail
address when you signed up for internet service
- Select OK. Your E-Mail is now fully
- From the main Netscape Navigator menu, select
- Select Netscape Mail.
- Enter your password in the dialog box. If the
password is correct, any E-Mail messages
waiting for you on our server will be
downloaded to your machine.
When you are absolutely finished installing
Netscape, you can (and should) delete the
installation program to save your disk space.
Here is how:
- Press the Start button, select
Programs, then MS-DOS
Prompt. You should get either a command
window or a command screen.
- Enter the following command:
Download Netscape Navigator.
Microsoft, in their infinite wisdom, requires you to already
have a web browser before you can download Internet Explorer
(at this time, there are no published Microsoft sites that make
MSIE available by anonymous FTP).
The WWW address for Microsoft Internet Explorer is
If you really want Microsoft Internet Explorer, you can:
If you choose to download MSIE, be prepared to wait. The
compressed version of the full install is over 10 megabytes.
Plan to do it overnight.
- Download Netscape, and use it to download MSIE.
- Use our disks to install MSIE.
- Contact us, and we will put a copy of MSIE where you can
easily download it.
Download Internet Explorer.