Setting Up a Dial-Up Connection

  • What's a dial-up connection? The dial-up connection tells your computer how to connect to the Internet - ie. what phone number to dial, what modem to use, etc. It's what generates the "Connect to" box you see when you dial in.

     

  • How do you set it up? Normally, your dial-up connection to Boreal will automatically be set up for you when you run the installation CD you received when you signed up for Boreal. However, if you ever need to set it up manually, here's how you do it:
      Windows 95/98
      Windows 2000/ME
      Windows XP
      Windows Vista
      Windows 7

    • Windows 95/98:
      • Double-click "My Computer" on your desktop. Then double-click "Dial-up Networking".
      • Double-click the "Make New Connection" icon. The "Make New Connection" wizard will appear.
      • Under "Type a name for the computer you are dialing" enter "Boreal Access". Your modem name should already be in the "Select a Device" box - if it isn't, select it from the drop-down list. Click Next.
      • Under "Area code" type in 218 if it isn't already there. Under "Telephone number" type in 387-9555. Make sure "United States of America" is under "Country or Region Code". Click Next.
      • A confirmation screen will appear saying you've successfully set up your connection. Click Finish. Your Dial-up Networking window should now have an icon in it labeled "Boreal Access".
      • (Optional) To create a shortcut to your Dial-up connection on your desktop, right-click the Boreal Access icon and left-click "Create Shortcut" on the menu that appears. A window will pop up asking if you want to create a shortcut on your desktop - click Yes.
      • When you're ready to dial in to Boreal, double-click the "Boreal Access" icon. The [Connect to] window will appear. The first time you dial into the Internet, you will need to enter your user name and password in this window. Click on the "Save password" box to check it, and you won't have to enter your password again. Click Connect, and you should log on to the Internet!
      • For instructions setting up your email, click here.

    • Windows 2000/ME:
      • Click the Start button on your computer, then click "Settings" and "Network and Dial-up Connections". The Network and Dial-up Connections window will open.
      • Double-click the "Make New Connection" icon. The Network Connection Wizard will start. Click Next to get off the Welcome screen.
      • In Windows 2000, the next screen should be the Network Connection type. Click "Dial Up to the Internet" and click Next. This should start the Internet Connection Wizard. Windows ME may skip this step and go directly to the Internet Connection wizard.
      • Click "I want to set up my internet connection manually or connect through a LAN." Click Next.
      • Click "I connect through a phone line and modem." Click Next.
      • Under "Area code" type in 218 if it isn't already there. Under "Telephone number" type in 387-9555. Make sure "United States of America" is under "Country or Region Code". Click Next.
      • Under "User Name" enter your Boreal login id. Don't include @boreal.org. Under "Password" enter your password. Click Next.
      • Under "Connection Name" type "Boreal Access". Click Next.
      • Click "Yes" to set up an Internet email account. Click Next.
      • If you see "mail.boreal.org" under "Use an existing account", select the "Use an existing account", click Next, accept the settings (if they look right), and click Next to finish setting up your connection. Otherwise, click "Create a new account" to select it, and Click Next. Then follow the instructions for setting up your Outlook Express email, starting here.
      • After you finish, your Dial-up Networking window should have an icon in it labeled "Boreal Access". When you're ready to dial in to Boreal, double-click it to log onto the Internet.

    • Windows XP:
      • Click Start, then click "Control Panel".
      • Double-click the "Network Connections" icon. (If you can't see this icon, click the "Switch to Classic View" link in the upper left.) Click on "Create a new connection" in the upper left under the "Network Tasks" section.
      • The New Connection Wizard will start. Click Next to get off the Welcome screen.
      • Select the "Connect to the Internet" option and click Next.
      • Select the "Set up my connection manually" option and click Next.
      • Choose "Connect using a dial-up modem" and click Next.
      • Type in "Boreal Access" for the ISP name and click Next.
      • Type in 3879555 in the "Phone Number" field and click Next.
      • In the next window, type in your username WITHOUT the trailing @boreal.org(same as your email address usually), password (case sensitive), and password again. Click Next.
      • Click "Add a shorcut to this connection to my desktop" to select it and click Finish.
      • Now your Boreal Access will be set up. To connect, just use the shortcut on your desktop. If you want instructions setting up your email, click here.

    • Windows Vista:
      • Click Start, then click "Control Panel".
      • At the top left of the screen, click "Classic View". Then double-click the Network and Sharing Center icon.
      • The Network and Sharing Center will open. Near the top left of this screen, click "Set up a connection or network.
      • Click "Connect to the Internet" to select it, and click Next.
      • Click Dial-Up to select it.
      • A new screen will appear. On this screen, fill in the following information:
          - Dial-up phone number: 387-9555
          - User name: your Boreal username. This is usually the same as your email address, without the @boreal.org
          - Password: your Boreal password
          - Click to check "Remember this password" if you don't want to type it in every time, and click to check "Allow other people to use this connection".
          - Connection name: Boreal

        Click Connect.

      • The computer will attempt to connect you to the Internet right then and there. If you don't want to connect right now, click the Skip button.

        If you click Skip, click "Set up the Connection Anyway on the next screen.
      • Click Close on the final screen to finish the process.
      • To get an icon for the connection on your desktop, go back to Control Panel, Network and Sharing Center, and click "Manage Network Connections" on the right.

        In the window that opens, right-click the Boreal connection and select "Create Shortcut" on the menu that appears. An error window will pop up asking if you want to create a shortcut on your desktop - click Yes.
      • After you've finished, if you created an icon on your desktop, double-click it to get the dial-up window and connect to the Internet. If not, Click Start, Connect To, and double-click Boreal in the window that appears.
      • For instructions setting up your email, click here.

    • Windows 7:
      • Click Start, then click "Control Panel".
      • Under the Network and Internet category, click Connect to the Internet.
      • In the Window that appears, click Dial-Up to select it.
      • A new screen will appear. On this screen, fill in the following information:
          - Dial-up phone number: 387-9555
          - User name: your Boreal username. This is usually the same as your email address, without the @boreal.org
          - Password: your Boreal password
          - Click to check "Remember this password" if you don't want to type it in every time, and click to check "Allow other people to use this connection".
          - Connection name: Boreal

        Click Connect.

      • The computer will attempt to connect you to the Internet right then and there. If you don't want to connect right now, click the Skip button.

        If you click Skip, click "Set up the Connection Anyway on the next screen.
      • Click Close on the final screen to finish the process.
      • After you've finished, to connect to Boreal click Start, Connect To, and click Boreal in the menu that appears.
      • For instructions setting up your email, click here.  Note that Windows 7 does NOT come with email software, so you will need to install an email software package.