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Lightning Round Q&A Wrap-Up

I use a dial-up connection, so I know that I'm not going to get blazing connection speeds. But what can I do to get the fastest speeds this setup is capable of?

Just because you still use a dial-up to connect to the Internet doesn't mean that it has to take forever to get online. Use this tip to speed up connection time to your ISP.

For Windows 98:

  1. Open My Computer.

  2. Double-click Dial Up Networking.

  3. Right-click on My Connection (or whatever you named the shortcut when you first entered your connection settings).

  4. Select Properties.

  5. Click the Server Types tab.

  6. Uncheck the Logon to Network box.

  7. Under Allowed Network Protocols, check only the TCP/IP box.

For Windows Me:

  1. Right-click your dial-up connection.

  2. Select Properties.

  3. Click the Networking tab.

  4. Under Allowed Network Protocols, check only the TCP/IP box.

  5. Click the Security Tab.

  6. Uncheck Logon to Network.

Immediately after your password is accepted you should be online.

I keep getting disconnected while I'm online. What's up with that? How do I put a stop to unwanted disconnects?

Sometimes ISPs boot users offline during peak usage periods if they see that the user's computer has been idle for a given period of time (the ISP decides when your time is up). You can fend off some unwanted disconnects by tweaking your computer settings. Here's how:

  1. In the Start menu, open Settings.

  2. Click Control Panel.

  3. Click Internet Options.

  4. Select the Connection tab.

  5. Click Setting.

  6. Click Advanced.

  7. Uncheck the box next to "Disconnected if idle for (blank) minutes."

Unfortunately, this doesn't help you if your ISP is doing the disconnecting. If you've taken the preceding steps and still suffer way too many unwanted disconnects, ask your ISP for an explanation.

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