Microsoft Windows 95 Setup

This documentation was written for versions of Microsoft Windows 95 that utilize the Internet Connection Wizard. If your system does not have this feature, do not use these instructions.

To begin double-click on the planet Earth/Spyglass you see on the desktop. If you have nothing configured, and this document assumes that, the configuration routine will start. If the Installation Wizard has been run, Internet Explorer will try to start. To run the Installation again (which you should do to create a new dial-up networking session), click Start, Programs, Accessories, Internet Tools, then Get On the Internet.

Get Connected!

You will begin to configure your computer to connect to the Internet with a screen that reads Get Connected! Read the text on this screen and then click the Next button.

Setup Options

Click the Manual button on and click the Next button. Make sure you do not select Automatic. If you do, back up and change it to Manual.

Welcome to Internet Setup!

We have provided you with all the information you will need to configure your computer to connect to our Midtown Network server—no need to click the Help button on your screen, at this point. Read the screen, if you’d like, and then click the Next button.

How to Connect

Make sure the Connect using my phone line is checked and then click the Next button.

Service Provider Information

The name of your Internet Service Provider is Midtown Network and we do support the Point-to-Point Protocol (PPP), as the program requires. Type in Midtown Network in the space provided under Name of Service Provider and then click the Next button.

Phone Number

Now you will type in the area code 916 (and this is required) and our server’s phone numbers: 431-2040, Sacramento; or 605-5000, Roseville/Citrus Heights/Rocklin; or 632-9946, Loomis/Auburn. Our country code, of course, is United States of America.

(Bring up terminal window after dialing should remain unchecked.)

When you’ve done all this, click the Next button. (Pretty easy, so far, huh?)

User Name and Password

From the Information Sheet that we provided, type in your User Name and Password, in the spaces provided on your screen. NOTE: Typing in the password can be trickier than you think. THE PASSWORD IS CASE SENSITIVE. (Meaning that you must type in capital letters and lower case letters as shown on the information sheet. And make sure not to confuse the letter l with the number 1, if either of these happen to be in your password.) Make sure your Caps Lock key is off and type the password in carefully—you will see only asterisks as you type. This is normal.

When you’re done click Next.

IP Address

If you have NOT requested a static IP (if you don’t know, you haven’t) you will be using a dynamic IP at each log-on session. Make sure the My Internet Service Provider automatically assigns me one button is clicked on and click the Next button.

(If you have requested a static IP click Always use the following button and type in the static IP number, making sure to enter all the dots/periods in the right places.)

DNS Server Address

It is not necessary to type anything on this screen. (It is requesting DNS server or Alternate DNS server numbers.) (Although they are listed on the Information Sheet as Primary name server and Secondary name server.)

Leave blank and click the Next button.

DON’T PANIC: You will get a warning message that reads If you don’t specify a DNS server, you may not be able to find servers on the Internet. Are you sure you want to continue? Click Yes.

Internet Mail

The Use Internet Mail box should remain checked on. Type in your e-mail address from the Information Sheet (username@midtown.net) Internet Mail Server is pop3.midtown.net.

Click the Next button to continue.

Windows Messaging Profile

On this screen, just click the Next button. (Profile will read Windows Messaging Settings and Use this profile when starting Windows Messaging will be clicked on.)

Complete Configuration

Click Finish to complete the configuration. To actually get on the Internet now, double click on the icon of the planet Earth/Spyglass.

(IF YOU HAVE CALL-WAITING PAY SPECIAL ATTENTION and read this paragraph. (If you do not have the call-waiting feature on your home phone, skip to the next paragraph.) Because your modem does not like your call waiting service you will need to disable it! To do this click the Dial Properties button. On the Dialing Properties screen click the box that reads This location has call waiting. Just to the right, where it says To disable it, dial: you will type *70, (star seventy comma). When finished click ok.)

You will see a box pop up that is titled Connect To. Click the Connect button.

Congratulations! You’re connected to the Internet and Microsoft’s wonderful program, Internet Explorer.

 

Set Start Home Page

Once you have connected successfully you need to set your browser's original destination for each logon session to go to Midtown Network. This is a good place to start because you'll view our page each time you use your connection. Here you'll find news, messages, specials, and links to other sites of interest. To make this change follow the instructions below:

Microsoft Explorer

Click the View pull-down menu, then Options, then the Navigation tab. Set the options in the top half of the screen as shown below:

Page: Start Page

Address: http://home.midtown.net

Hit enter. Next time you connect to the Internet you'll start at our home page.

Netscape

Click the Options pull-down menu, then General Preferences, then the Appearance tab. Set the options in the middle portion of the screen as shown below:

Browser Starts With: Home Page Location

Type in the box directly below: Address: http://home.midtown.net

Click the OK button. Next time you connect to the Internet you'll start at our home page.

 

Using E-mail

Microsoft Internet Explorer comes equipped with a mail client that allows you to send and receive e-mail. To use it you’ll have to A) be connected to our server; B) configure the program to properly handle your mail; and C) have mail waiting on our server.

To configure Explorer’s mail functions, from Internet Explorer, click on the Mail icon (located on the right side of the tool bar) and take the Read Mail option.

Internet Mail Configuration

All the information you need to complete the configuration is located on the Midtown Network Information Sheet. Read the screen presented to you and then, when you are ready, click the Next button.

On the next screen, type in your full name and your e-mail address (example: John Smith and john). Incoming Mail (POP3) Server is pop3.midtown.net; Outgoing Mail (SMTP) Server is mail.midtown.net; Email Account is your username; and Password is listed on your Information Sheet.

Click I use a modem to access my email and make sure that under Use the following Dial-Up Networking connection it reads Midtown Network.

Click the Next button. Then the Finish button.

To change the settings after the mail program is running, click Mail, Options, then the Servers tab.