|Using More Than One Modem at a Time
Hiding Network Shares
Seeing Servers Your Are Connected To When OnLine
Backing Up Your ISP Settings
Forcing Alpha-Numeric Passwords
Speeding Up Internet Searches
Auto-Dial Internet Connections (Win98)
Opening the Make New Connection Dialog Box
Help Stop Modem Disconnects
Speeding Up Your Modem's Dialing
Showing Your Actual Modem's Connection Speed
Increasing Modem Performance
Controlling Your Modem's Speaker
To Find Your IP Address
Determine the Optimal MAX MTU Setting
Faster Access to the Network Properties Box
Using UNC Network Names with Files
Faster Connecting to the Internet
Changing the Number of Rings Before Dial-Up Server Answers
Resetting Forgotten Dial-Up Server Password
Speeding up Dial-Up Networking for Games
Monitoring Your Dial-Up Connection
No Network Logon Prompt
Not Saving your Dial-Up Password
Fixing a problem with Shortcuts that keep network UNC connections
Changing the MaxMTU and other Network Settings
Disable Password Caching
Starting a Dial-Up Connection from the Command Line
Device Contention when trying to use a Modem
Unable to Browse the Network
Automatic NT Domain Log On
Auto-Dialing for 32-bit Internet Applications
Dial-Back with Windows95
Disabling File and Print Sharing
Changing your Modem's Initialization String
Easy way to Re-Dial on busy signals
Increasing a Modem's time-out period
Setting Automatic Redial for Dial-up Networking
Potential problems with 16-bit WINSOCK.DLL's
Other Helpful Links
(Win98, WinME and Win2000)
If you have two phone lines in your home and want to use them both to dial out,
you can use MultiLink, which will effectively double your connection speed.
If you want to hide your network shares from being seen by browsing, just end them with a $
To see what servers you are connected to when on the Internet
Simply run Netstat
If you want to save your ISP settings (name, phone, login id etc.) for future installations:
In order to force passwords that just use alpha-numeric characters
When you go to a web site, the first thing that happens is that a query goes
out to the DNS server for IP address of the web site.
In order to eliminate this query, you can simply add the IP address and web name into the HOSTS file in the Windows directory.
To find the IP address, just PING the web name (ping www.microsoft.com)
For example, Microsoft would be:
188.8.131.52 www.microsoft.com #.url
You can do this for all the sites you regularly visit.
If Win98 is not automatically dialing your Internet Connection:
This command line will pop up the "Make new connection" window. rundll rnaui.dll,RnaWizard /1
If you modem goes offline frequently, it may be due to a temporary lost carrier. To lengthen the time the modem will go offline after the carrier is lost, change the modem properties.
For Win95, to make that modem dial much faster:
Normally when you open up the modem icon in the system try, it shows the port
So see your actual modem speed:
To increase modem performance when connecting to the Internet:
In modem settings switch to the scripting tab and where it says extra settings, type in the following to achieve the following:
To find your IP address when connected:
There are several programs available that will change you MAX MTU setting for
you or you can do it by editing the registry directly
An easy way to determine what that setting should be is to use the PING command.
You basically want to start out with a MAX MTU of 1500 then use the PING command as follows:
PING HOST_IP_ADDRESS -f -l PACKET_SIZE
where HOST_IP_ADDRESS is the IP address of the site you want to ping and
PACKET_SIZE is the size of the MAX MTU setting you are trying to test
Keep decreasing the packet size until you don't get any messages regarding fragmentation
To change the MAX MTU setting, see the section on Changing the MaxMTU and other Network Settings
This is the same result as click on the Start / Settings / Control Panel / Network Icon
As already mentioned, you can use long file names in an MS DOS Box.
But you can even use UNC-style network names.
Example: DIR \\server\share1\dir1
will give you all files on the computer named "server", in the share named "share1" and in the directory "dir1".
This does not work with CD, but it will work with MD, RD, DIR, COPY, MOVE,
REN, and so on.
I use this in combination with a batch file to copy files to a number of computers on a network.
I found that I had to wait about one minute to get connected to the internet.
In your Dial-Up settings, make sure you only have TCP/IP checked and that Log on to Network is not checked.
To change the number of rings before Dial up Networking Server answers:
If you forget the password you set for you Dial-Up Server
simply delete (or rename) the RNA.PWL file in the WINDOWS directory
To reduce lag on a dial-up connection, ie: for multiplayer network games:
NOTE: This type of connection isn't optimized for browsing, but will work in most cases.
There are some system checks you can use to see how good your ISP and Phone
You either net OEM SR2 or the ISDN Accelerator Pack 1.1 installed
If you have lots of CRC errors, either the phone lines or your modem is having problems.
You can also add Framing Errors and Timeout Errors if you are still having problems and your phone line appears ok.
If you are not being prompted for a logon when starting Windows95,
and you need to be, there are some possible solutions:
1. Your password may be set to be blank
To correct this:
2. Registry Setting
You may have an AutoLogon key set in the Registry which needs to be removed
If and when dial-up networking won't remember your passwords anymore , you can have a corrupted password list file.
Either restore your PWL files from a backup or :
Do a file find on *.PWL and rename them to another extension (*.bak)
This will force dial-up to create a new password file
Notes from Bob: There are a few other possibilities:
1. You need to install Client for Microsoft Networks as part of your network setup.
2. You may have an entry in the registry that is causing problems:
By default, when you create a shortcut to a network application, both the
Drive letter and UNC connection are stored as part of the shortcut.
The reasoning that if the drive letter gets reassigned or deleted, the UNC connection will serve as an additional way to ensure that the application is available.
This can also be a problem because when you want to re-assign the drive to a new server, it will still make the connection to the old one through the UNC
To disable this feature, there is a program called SHORTCUT.EXE in the
Admin / Apptools / Envvars directory.
Execute the program with a -? to see a description of the available switches.
There are four network settings that can be configured so when dialing to an
ISP, you should get somewhat greater throughput.
They are the MaxMTU, MaxMSS and DefaultRcvWindow, and DefaultTTL
MaxMTU and MaxMSS
DefaultRcvWindows and DefaultTTL
To find out the optimal setting, go to Determining Optimal MaxMTU Setting to Use
As in Windows for Workgroups, when logging on to an NT Domain, it is
preferable to disable password caching.
This allows for the single NT Domain login and eliminates the secondary Windows logon screen.
It also eliminates the possibility of the respective passwords to get out of sync.
To disable password caching on the workstation, a one-line addition to the
registry needs to be made.
To make the change, create a ASCII text file called DISABLE.REG with the following lines:
Open up a DOS box and type REGEDIT DISABLE.REG
You can dial your ISP from a command line. This can make it easy to create a
batch file that will
do things like dial, start your e-mail and web browser.
The syntax is:
rundll rnaui.dll,RnaDial connectoid
Note: The RnaDial and connectoid components of the command line are case sensitive
Occasionally, when trying to use your modem, you might get the following errors:
Another program is using the selected Telephony device. Try again after the
other program completes.
Cannot initialize port
The state of Windows 95 device contention is determined by the value for the
"COM n AutoAssign=x"
setting in the [386Enh] section of the System.ini file,
where n is the number of the serial port and x is a value from -1 to 1000.
The default setting in Windows 95 is -1. This setting causes Windows 95 to
not release a serial port previously used
by a non-Windows-based program.
If you need hot-swapping capability between an MS-DOS-based communications
program and a Windows-based communication program,
add the following entry to the [386Enh] section of the System.ini file:
Com n AutoAssign=0
If you do not have a logon password, Windows95 might have problems when you
try and browse the network.
Try the following steps to solve the problem.
When you need to logon to an NT Domain, Windows95 prompts you for you User
ID, Password, and Domain Name
To have Windows95 automatically log you on:
NOTE: This bypasses the security that logging into an NT Domain is
used to provide.
Do not use in areas where security is critical.
If your 32-bit Internet applications do not automatically invoke your
Windows 95 Dialer, here is a way I found to enable this feature.
Once you do this, close your internet application and disconnect from your
Re-start your Internet application and the Windows 95 dialer should start up.
NOTE: From my experience, all Internet applications will be effected and will automatically start the Windows 95 dialer.
Some servers use dial-back as a security feature. How this works is that
after you connect to the server
it automatically dials you back for verification.
To get Windows95 to hang up the phone and not end the PPP client:
The S0=1 sets your modem for Auto-Answer after 1 ring
The &C0 avoids ending the PPP client.
If the line is busy to your provider and you don't want to *wait* until your
dialer will re-dial,
just press ESC key and then press enter key or click on connect - meaning it will dial-up again immediately.
If your modem it timing out during file transfers or loading Web Pages,
you might try increasing the timeout period.
To change it:
If you re having problems getting some of your winsock applications
to work under Win95, make sure you delete any old 16-bit winsock.dll's.
If this file is in the directory were the application resides, it could
cause problems. Programs that could have problems like this are:
We found that if the software listed above is in the same directory as the
Trumpet Winsock.dll file, then they will NOT work under the MS-TCP/IP stack.
The Internet Jumpstart Kit that comes with the Plus! Pack allows you to
script your Dial-Up Connections
proc main waitfor "login:" transmit "your_login_name^M" waitfor "password:" transmit "your_password^M" waitfor "TERM = (vt100)" transmit "^M" waitfor "your_logon_prompt" transmit "ppp^M" ; My provider requires "ppp" to be typed in. endproc
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