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Windows 98 - Making a Connection to the Toronto Free Net


1. Make a new connection

  • Double-click the "My Computer" icon on the desktop
  • Double-click the "Dial-up Networking" icon (If there are any unnecessary connections already in the window, delete them)
  • Double-click "Make New Connection"
  • In the "Make New Connection" window, type "TFN" in the "Name" field; click "Next"
  • Make sure the country code is Canada. Enter the telephone #: 647-477-1477
  • Click "Next", then "Finish""



  • 2. Configure the new connection:

  • Highlight the new "TFN" icon with a single click
  • On the menu bar, click "Connections", then "Settings"
  • The upper 3 checkboxes should be checked
  • "Prompt to use Dial-up Networking" should be selected
  • click "OK"
  • Make sure the "TFN" icon is highlighted; on the Menu bar click "File", then "Properties"
  • On the "General" tab, make sure there is a checkmark beside "Use area code and dialing properties"
  • your modem should appear in the "Connect using" field
  • click the "Configure" button
  • On the "General" tab, under "Maximum speed", select 57600
  • click "OK"
  • Click the "Server Types" tab
  • You should see "PPP etc." under "Type of Dial-Up Server"
  • Remove all checkmarks except "TCP/IP" at the bottom
  • Click "OK"



  • 3. Check dialing properties:

  • Double-click the "TFN" icon
  • Click the "Dial Properties" button
  • Make sure the country code is Canada. The small fields "Dial __ for an outside line" and "Dial __ for long distance" should normally be blank.
  • If your telephone line has Call Waiting, check the appropriate box. To disable it, dial "*70,," (two commas). If you do not have Call Waiting, make sure there is not a checkmark in the box.
  • If your telephone line is not touch-tone, select "Pulse"
  • Click the "Area Code Rules" button: make sure there is a checkmark in the checkbox beside "Always dial the area code (10-digit dialing)"
  • Click "OK" and "OK", then "Cancel" the dialup connection
  • Close the "Dial-up Networking" window



  • 4. Check Control Panel Settings

  • Click the Start button, --> Settings --> Control Panel
  • Double-click the "Network" icon
  • "Configuration" tab: for most people the only essential components are "Dialup Adapter" and "TCP/IP". "Client for Microsoft Networks" and "Microsoft Family Logon"are usually present - just leave them there.
    You may also see other components, such as Ethernet. Other protocols such as "IPX/SPX" and "NetBEUI" should be removed if they are present but not needed.
  • Highlight "TCP/IP" (If you have more than one instance of TCP/IP, select "TCP/IP --> Dialup Adapter")
  • click the "Properties" button, click "OK" at the Windows warning
  • "IP Address" tab: "Obtain an IP address automatically" must be selected
  • "WINS Configuration" tab: select "Disable WINS resolution"
  • "Gateway" tab: no numbers anywhere on this tab
  • "DNS Configuration" tab: "Disable DNS" should be selected
  • Click "OK" & "OK"


  • (If you made changes, Windows will ask you to restart; click "No" at this stage and instead restart at the end of these instructions)

  • Close Control Panel



  • 5. Configure Internet Explorer (security update: download and use mozilla.org mozilla browser for web)
  • Click with the right mouse button on the Internet Explorer icon on the desktop, then click "Properties". If you see several tabs along the top, proceed directly to "General" tab below.
  • If you see only two tabs at the top, close that window and instead start Internet Explorer (double-click the desktop icon); click the "Work offline" or "Cancel" button if a dialup connection appears

  • (At this stage, a "wizard" may start: if so, you may proceed with it, using the following information, or else follow the procedure below.)

  • click Tools | Internet Options
  • "General" tab: Home Page address is http://www.torfree.net
  • "Connection" tab: "TFN default" should be visible in the "Dial-up Settings" window; "Always dial my default connection" should be selected; "Perform system security check before dialing" should be checked
  • Click the "Settings" button; in the "User name" field type your login; click "OK"
  • Programs tab: in the "E-mail" field, make sure Outlook Express is selected
  • Click "Apply" & "OK"



  • 6. Configure Outlook Express (security update: download and use mozilla.org mozilla browser for web and email- use same settings as below)

  • Start Outlook Express (double-click the desktop icon, or click the Outlook Express icon in the Quicklaunch toolbar beside the Start button, or click Start--> Programs --> Outlook Express)
  • and work offline

    (At this stage, a "wizard" may start: you can either proceed with it, using the information below, or cancel it & use the following instructions)

  • Click "Tools" in the menu bar, then "Accounts"
  • Click the "Mail" tab
  • If there are accounts listed (e.g. from previous services) that are no longer needed, remove them
  • If there are still multiple accounts, select the relevant one, then click the "Properties" button
  • If there are no accounts listed in the window, click the "Add" button, then "Mail", and follow the wizard using the information below
  • "General" tab:
  • "Mail Account" is a "friendly name" we suggest "TFN Mail"
  • "Name" - how you want your name to appear when you send mail
  • "E-mail address" - your own (yourlogin@torfree.net)
  • "Reply address" - leave blank
  • "Servers" tab - type of server is POP3
  • "Incoming mail (POP3)" - pop.torfree.net
  • "Outgoing mail (SMTP)" - smtp.torfree.net
  • "Account name" is your login
  • leaving the password blank and the "Remember password" checkbox empty provides security (you'll be asked to enter it at the appropriate time)
  • NO checkmarks beside any lines that refer to authentication
  • "Connection" tab:
  • check "Always connect to this account using", & make sure "TFN" is visible in the field below.)
  • Click "Apply" & "OK", then close the "Internet Accounts" window
  • Click "Tools" in the menu bar, then "Options"
  • "Connection" tab: no checkmark beside "Hang up..."
  • "General" tab: place a checkmark beside "When starting, go directly to my "Inbox" folder"
  • Click "Apply" and "OK"



  • 7. Close all programs and restart the computer.

  • To connect to the Internet, double-click the "Internet Explorer" icon (for Web browsing) or the "Outlook Express" icon (to go directly to email) on the desktop, or click once on the appropriate icon in the Quicklaunch Toolbar beside the Start button.
  • Type your password in the dial-up connection window & click "Connect"
  • You may hear dialing and noise from the modem (the "handshake"), then see a "verifying password" window. A small icon that looks like two linked computers should appear near the clock, indicating that you're connected.
  • If you're using Internet Explorer, the Toronto Free Net Home Page should appear. If you're using Outlook Express, you may be prompted to enter your password again to access new mail.
  • To disconnect without closing the program, right-click on that icon, then click "Disconnect".



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