How can I check my dial-up connection settings in Windows XP?

Published 04/04/2005 13:01   |    Updated 13/02/2009 13:09
How can I check my dial-up connection settings in Windows XP?
  1. Introduction

    BT Ireland has its own unique settings to enable you to connect to the Internet. If any of these settings are incorrect you may experience problems connecting to BT Ireland. To check these settings on your Windows XP computer simply follow the instructions below.

  2. Use the Start button to show your Internet connections

    First move your mouse pointer - also known as a cursor - to the bottom left of your screen and click once on the bright green Start button. This will open up a list of options to choose from, also known as a menu. Move the cursor and click once on the words Connect To and another menu will appear. Click on Show all connections in this new menu.



  3. Find your BT Ireland dial-up connection

    The Network Connections window will open. This shows all your current dial-up Internet connections as well as any other networks connected to your computer (such as a home or office Local Area Network). Your dial-up connection should also be visible and named 'BT Ireland AnyTime' or 'BT Ireland Officelink' or similar.



  4. Open the BT Ireland connection Properties panel

    Once you've found your BT Ireland connection, move the cursor onto it and press the right-hand button on your mouse. This will open a small menu of options - click with the left button on the word Properties.



  5. The BT Ireland connection Properties panel

    The Properties panel for your dial-up connection is now open. At the top of the panel is a line of words presented like the cardboard tabs marking the contents of a filing cabinet. These tabs are marked: General, Options, Security, Networking and Advanced.


    When the panel is first opened the General tab will be active. You can make other tabs active by clicking once on the tab name to bring those particular settings to the 'front' of the panel.


    The dial-up phone number can be seen in the boxes 'Area code:' and 'Phone number:'. The actual phone number will vary depending on which dial-up package you use.


    Note: we recommend that you place a tick in the box alongside 'Show icon in notification area when connected'. This will place a useful icon of two linked computers on the right-hand side of the grey task bar when you have made a successful connection and are currently online. If the box is empty, click on it once to make the tick appear.

  6. Check the Options settings

    Click on the Options tab to make those settings active. Your panel should match the one pictured below with ticks alongside 'Dialling progress...', 'Prompt for name...', 'Prompt for phone...' and 'Redial if line is dropped'.You can also adjust the time it takes your computer to automatically 'hang up' the Internet computer if it is doing nothing online. Simply click on the triangle alongside 'Idle time before hanging up:' and select a duration from the list that appears.



  7. Check the Security settings

    Click on the Security tab to make those settings active. Your panel should match the one pictured below with a dot inside the circle by the words 'Typical (recommended settings)'. If the circle is empty, click on it once to make a black dot appear inside to indicate that the option has been selected.



  8. Check the Networking settings

    Click on the Networking tab to make those settings active. Your panel should match the one pictured below with 'PPP: Windows 95/98/NT 4/2000, Internet' selected from the pull-down menu near the top. In the list of options beneath 'This connection uses the following items', there should be a tick in the box alongside 'Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)'.



  9. Check the Advanced settings and finish up

    Click on the Advanced tab to make those settings active. Your panel should match the one pictured below with nothing selected.

    Once you have checked all the settings, click on OK to close the Properties window.You now have a correctly set-up Internet connection for BT Ireland.

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