Disconnect from a dial-up Internet connection

Published 11/04/2005 14:19   |    Updated 23/04/2008 12:04
How do I disconnect from a dial-up Internet connection?

If using Microsoft Windows:

You can disconnect from the Internet and free up your phone line by right-clicking on the small picture of two computers that can be found at the bottom right of your screen (this icon shows that you are currently online).

This will open a pop-up window with a short list of options. Click on Disconnect. In a few moments the two computers will disappear and your modem will disconnect from the Internet.

Note: Windows XP users may not see the connection icon of two computers at the bottom right of the screen. If that is the case follow these instructions:

  • Open the Control Panel (Click Start then Control Panel. Now make sure you are viewing in Classic View mode).
  • Double-click the Network Connections icon.
  • Right-click the BT Ireland or IOL icon with the word default next to it. On the menu that is displayed click Properties.
  • From the 'BT Ireland Properties' or 'IOL Properties' box that is displayed, click on the General tab.
  • At the bottom of this screen place a tick in the small white box next to 'Show icon in notification area when connected'. You can do this by placing the cursor on the box and clicking once.
  • Click OK.


If using Apple Macintosh (up to OS 9.2):

Apple users can follow these instructions to disconnect:

  • Click on the Apple icon in the top left of the screen.
  • Click on Control Panels.
  • Click on Remote Access (or PPP on some Macs).
  • Click on Disconnect.


Alternatively, if you have the Control Strip feature activated you can click on the icon that shows an Apple Mac and a telegraph pole and click again on Disconnect.

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