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Connecting to the Internet

After you've created a Dial-Up Networking icon that contains your connection settings, you can establish a connection using any of these three methods:

Making a Manual Connection

To connect to the Internet manually, follow these steps:

  1. Select the connection icon and open it.
  2. Check your username and enter a password if necessary. To store the password for reuse, check the Save Password box.
  3. Check the entry in the Phone Number box. If the format is incorrect, choose a new location or edit the number to include the required prefixes.
  4. Click the Connect button. Windows opens a modem connection and attempts to dial the number. You'll see a series of status messages as the connection proceeds.

After you successfully complete the connection, you'll see an informational dialog box. At the same time, a Dial-Up Networking icon appears in the notification area to the right of the taskbar.

Monitoring Connection Status

Whenever you have an open connection to the Internet, you can check its status in a variety of ways. For example, you can double-click the icon in the notification area, or you can right-click and choose Status to see a display showing the total time this connection has been open and the total number of bytes you've received and sent.

To see status information at a glance without opening a dialog box, simply point to the icon in the notification area. After a few seconds, a ScreenTip will appear.


Closing Your Internet Connection

When you've finished working with your Internet connection, you have three options for closing it: