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Instructions after dial-up number change

Toronto Free-Net has completed the migration to a better Internet connection and a new home for our servers which has kindly been sponsored by Peer1.net .

The former dialup number will not allow you to connect to the Internet. Please change the phone number that your modem dials to connect, as described below.

The new number is 647-477-1477 which, like the former number, is a local call to anyone who can reach Toronto from as far north as Aurora/Uxbridge, west to Oakvile/Milton or east to Ajax/Pickering.

If you are sure of your user or login name (as in "aa999") and password and are familiar with creating new connections on your system, that may avoid some small problems a few people have reported.

If you are not so sure of your username and password, this change is still a very easy thing for you to do.

Windows 95, 98 and ME

  1. Double click the "My Computer" icon on your desktop. Then double click the "Dial-Up Networking" icon.
  2. In the "Dial-Up Networking" window, right-click your TFN connection icon and left-click "Properties" at the bottom of the list.
  3. On the "General" tab, edit the number to be 647-477-1477 Click OK.

    NOTE: Place the 647 in the same box as the rest of the telephone number. Uncheck the checkbox, if it exists, that says, "Use area code and Dialing Properties."

Windows 2000

  1. From the Start menu, select "Settings", then choose "Network and Dial-up Connections."
  2. In the "Network and Dial-up Connections" Window, right-click your TFN icon and then left click on "Properties" at the bottom of the list.
  3. On the "General" tab, edit the number to be 647-477-1477 Click OK.

    NOTE: Place the 647 in the same box as the rest of the telephone number. Uncheck the checkbox, if it exists, that says, "Use area code and Dialing Properties."

    Windows XP

    1. From the Start menu, choose "Connect To" then click Show all connections.

      Note: If you don't see "Connect To" in the Start menu, the choose Start -> Programs or (All Programs) -> Accessories -> Communications -> Network Connections.

    2. In the "Network Connections" window, right-click your TFN icon and then left-click on "Properties."
    3. On the "General" tab, edit the number to be 647-477-1477 Click OK.

      NOTE: Place the 647 in the same box as the rest of the telephone number. Uncheck the checkbox, if it exists, that says, "Use area code and Dialing Properties."

    Mac OS 9

    1. Open the Remote Access Control Panel.
    2. Edit the existing telephone number to be 647-477-1477
    3. Click Connect and log on to TFN to make certain that the change remains permanent.

    Mac OS X

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    1. Open Internet Connect.
    2. Edit the existing telephone number to be 647-477-1477
    3. Click Connect and log on to TFN to make certain that the change remains permanent.

    The above instructions alone will work for 90 percent of people, so try them first. Some people on Windows 95 , Windows XP and Mac OSX have had some problems seeing web pages after their connection appears to be working. If you find that you cannot see websites or other internet name related requests don't seem to work, you may need to input another setting for "DNS server"

    On Windows: left click on "Start" button, left click on "Settings", left click on "Control Panel" , double left click on "Network" icon, right click on Local Area Connection or LAN, left lick on "Properties", left click to highlight "Internet TCP/IP" , left click on "Properties" button , check "use following dns server addresses" , fill in "preferred DNS server" with "204.225.122.149" without the quotes , fill in "alternate DNS server" with "204.225.122.150" without the quotes

    On Macs: Go to your Apple Menu (located to the far left of the Finder), scroll down to Control Panels, and choose TCP/IP. Configure the TCP/IP Control Panel to look like the following:

    • Connect via: make sure PPP is selected and showing if you are using a modem (if you are on a LAN choose Ethernet).
    • Configure: make sure Using PPP Server is selected.
    • IP Address: do not edit
    • Subnet mask: leave blank
    • Router address: leave blank
    • Name server addr.: enter our servers: 204.225.122.149 and 204.225.122.150
    • Search domains: leave blank

    Close the TCP/IP Control Panel window.

    If you are still having problems, please call the office at 416 204 9257 and leave a message stating:

    1. your name;
    2. your TFN account id (two letters followed by three numbers or customid);
    3. your operating system;
    4. a method and preferred time(s) to contact you (telephone, fax, or email);
    5. that you need assistance switching to the new phone number.

    P.S. If you don't know what Windows operating system you have, just click the Start button. If you have Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, or 2000, you'll see this written vertically upwards along the left edge of the Start button menu. If no version information is written there (perhaps due to a Windows theme you may have installed, or other reasons) another method is to right-click on "My Computer" and select "Properties" from the popup menu. The menu which appears has your version of Windows listed, as well as which service pack, the type and speed of your processor and how much memory your system has installed.Depending on your desktop preferences, "My Computer" may either be found on your desktop, or by clicking the Start button.

    If you are a vt100 terminal text session user, we are assuming you can easily change your number in your Internet connection program. If you are having problems, give us a call.


    Good luck with this! Thank-you for your loyal support of Toronto Free-Net.

    Ken McCracken
    Executive Director
    Toronto Free-Net
    

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