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How to Make the Dialup Connection from Your Laptop in Windows XP

Unlike a broadband connection, which is always on, a dialup connection requires you to dial in to your ISP whenever you want to use it. Before you do anything, ensure that your laptop is properly wired to the phone jack. The cord must plug in to the modem hole on your laptop and into a phone jack on the wall or else piggyback on some other telephonic device.

You can manually make the dialup connection, as described in the following steps.

Do not plug your modem into a digital phone system! It will fry your modem's gizzard! Digital phone systems are common in hotels and medium- to large-size businesses. When in doubt, ask!

  1. Choose Control Panel from the Start menu.

    The Control Panel window appears.

  2. Click the Network Connections icon.

    The Network Connections window appears.

  3. Double-click the dialup Internet connection icon that you want to use.

    In some instances, you see the Connect dialog box here as you attempt to dial out to the Internet.

  4. Click the Dial button to make the connection.

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