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Understanding the Dial-Up Networking Client

The Dial-Up Networking client in Windows 98 uses the Dial-Up Adapter driver supplied with Windows 98 to enable the computer to connect to remote servers through a modem. The Dial-Up Networking client supports the following selection of connection protocols:

You can use the Dial-Up Networking client for a variety of purposes, including accessing remote LANs, connecting to the Internet, sending and receiving mail remotely, and sharing files and printers with other non-networked users. If you simply want to share a few files with a friend, for example, one of you can configure your Windows 98 workstation as a Dial-Up Networking server, and the other can use the Dial-Up Networking client to connect to the server to copy files between the systems. Dial-Up Networking also is the mechanism Windows Messaging (Exchange) and Outlook Express use to enable you to process remote mail[md]sending and receiving mail from a LAN-based Microsoft Mail postoffice or POP3 account. Dial-Up Networking also makes possible dialing into a UNIX mail server to send and receive mail.

If you use an online service, such as America Online or CompuServe, you can use Dial-Up Networking to connect to an Internet provider or your LAN IP server, and then connect to the information service through the dial-up connection. If you don't have a local CompuServe access number, for example, but your office LAN is tied to the Internet, you can dial into your LAN's server to establish a TCP/IP connection to the Internet, then use WinCIM to establish a connection to CompuServe over that TCP/IP connection.

You must have a dial-up server that routes TCP/IP protocol before you can use the Windows 98 RAS client to establish a dial-up connection to the Internet. Windows NT and UNIX dial-up servers support IP routing. The Windows 98 Dial-Up Networking server cannot route IP, which prevents a Windows 98 Dial-Up Networking server from acting as a TCP/IP gateway.