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Description of dialup PPP

About dialup PPP

Toronto Free-Net (TFN) provides 56 kbps graphical PPP dialup Internet connections for you to enjoy the Internet with full colour images. This lets you access email, the World Wide Web, and other Internet services, using popular software programs such as Eudora, Netscape, and ICQ.

Though this service is terribly slow by the standards of 2010, it is very economical so it continues to be popular. Please be aware that dialup isn't sufficiently fast to support heavier content such as movies, audio recordings, streaming Internet radio, streaming video such as from YouTube and NetFlix, graphical online games such as Doom, World of Warcraft, etc, and VoIP telephone (Voice over IP) such as Skype and Magic Jack. Applications that use the Internet for such content will simply not work over dialup. Also, many popular websites that deliver mostly text-and-pictures, increasingly contain large amounts of formatting code. This makes them slower — excessively so over dialup. Examples of such websites include Gmail, Facebook, newspapers, and banks.

Requirements for dialup PPP

To connect via dialup PPP, you will need:

  1. computer
  2. dialup modem and corresponding cable(s)
  3. TFN account
  4. traditional land-line telephone service (also known as POTS — Plain Old Telephone Service)
    Dialup through a cell phone requires a rarely-seen cell phone attachment. Even if you have such an attachment, dialup over cellular telephone service tends to be slow and unstable.
    Cable TV companies also offer telephone service, using their cable TV cabling infrastructure. In Toronto, dialup over cable-based telephone service usually works but is slower.
  5. dialup PPP software driver
    Most operating systems distributed since the late 1990s include this.

Nice-to-have for dialup PPP

To get the most out of a graphical connection you will want:

  1. a graphical web browser such as Internet Explorer, Netscape, Firefox, etc.
  2. an offline email program called a "mail client", such as Microsoft Outlook, Eudora, etc.
  3. instant messaging or chat software, such as mIRC, XChat, etc.

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