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Configuring a Dial-up Connection…


Are you surprised that I have written a blog on Dial-up connection? Which no body uses these days. Dial-up is not used regularly.

But consider the situation when you travel to your village which doesn’t have broad band connection and internet cafes and you need to send an important mail or make a travel reservation.

I have faced similar situations and would like to share with you how can you go online within a few minutes. Even tough Broad Band internet is not available these days you can find a computer and Telephone in every village.

I assume you will get your hand on some laptop/computer or you have carried your laptop to your village, which has an inbuilt modem and drivers installed.  The next thing you need to come online is a Telephone and Internet Connection. BSNL has enabled Internet across all its telephone exchanges in India. The Dial-in number is 172233 and the user name and password would be netone. The service would be charged 60 Paise/1min and you get transfer speeds or 2-3 KBps. Not good for Bandwidth Hungry websites, but will do ok with some mails and chat and some browsing. 

As most PC’s have XP, I pre-assume you are using Windows XP, if you are using Windows 98 or Vista the basic process would be the same but the menus may change. Next thing is to configure a dialup connection.

Go to Start > Settings > Control Panel > Network and Dial-up Connections. Double click Make New Connection, Select Next, Select Dial-up to Internet, Select Manually Configure Settings and enter 172233 for the Phone Number and netone for username and password, follow the wizard, complete it. 

A new connection should appear in the Control Panel > Network Connection. You can place a short cut on the desktop for easy accessibility. Click Connect and you get a message No Dial Tone. You check your phone and you have Dial Tone. This is where most of the people get struck. 

TIPS: Remembers most of the Computer Devices like Modems are designed and developed outside India and they use different communication systems. So even tough you have a Dial Tone on your phone the Modem would not recognize the Dial Tone. You need to configure the Modem not to wait for Dial Tone. 

To do this go to Start > Settings > Control Panel > Phone and Modem Options and go to the Modem Page select the modem and click the properties. And remove the Check for Wait for Dial-tone before dialing. Now you should be able to connect to the internet without any issues. 

TIPS: Open Internet Explorer, Go to Tools > Internet Options. Go to the Advanced Tab. Scroll down to Multimedia and remove the checks for Play Animations, Videos and Sounds in webpage’s. This would save some bandwidth and lets pages load faster on slow dial-up connections. 

If you need any further clarifications you can always reach me back with a comment or a mail.

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Author: Sunil Saripalli

I am Sunil...working as information security officer....i am into computers since my Degree...i used to Teach Hardware and Networking and assemble and sell computers and network solutions. After degree i started my first job in a US Based Company worked for 4 years in Support Functions. Got a chance to work as Team Lead in another US Based Company and worked there for a year and a bit later shifted to Citi due to higher degree of challenges offered in larger environments like citi....i belive Knowledge is power and i would love to share it....i am sure i will make this blog a very useful place for cyber gurus......

17 thoughts on “Configuring a Dial-up Connection…

  1. Dear Sir, plz suggest that for PSTN , what is the recomended max speed (in bps) during Modem Configuration … Regards

  2. If you are talking about the port speed in the Modem Properties Modem tab then it has little effect on the performance of the internet connection. But if you are trying to connect from a village where the PSTN Lines are not as good as in cities then i work recommend selecting 9600 this would help in fewer disconnections.

    If you need any further clarifications please get back to me.

  3. This document was extremely helpful ……. So can u post a document for Vista regarding the same issue

  4. Is it possible to find the IP address of a country when the user is online in yahoo messenger? If so is any S/W required for it. Please get back to me.

  5. every time when i try the bsnl dial up to connect to internet it always gives “phone line busy”.what shuld i do?

  6. Thanks,very explanatory.
    My prob is dt I have four systems in which one has d modem installed for the sharing d internet access.All can access the internet but not yahoo messenger except for the system that has the modem installed on it.I want all the system to be able to access Yahoo messenger.I tried all I could,change the proxies,used no network detection on yahoo messenger preferences,all to no avail.Pls,suggest wot u think I can do.

  7. Have you selected HTTP Proxy and given the address of the computer which has the modem in the server address and port 80 in the port number filed. If you have tried that and didnt work please get back to me. You can add me on Yahoo IM sunilforu4ever and i will try to fix your issue.

  8. I feel this is very useful piece of information and I too have felt helpless at times when I needed the internet the most! This surely will help many people. Thanks a lot.

  9. sir
    I would like to know more information about dial-up connection through wirless land phone include payment details.
    detaile about :high speed internet UNLIMITTED PLAN (rRs.250/month)

  10. If you are from India, which i pre-assume you are since u have mentioned RS 250, i dont think there is any unlimited plan for RS 250 Per Month and Hi-Speed. You might get a 64 Kbps Unlimited for 250 Per Month, but you cant call it Hi-Speed. Reliance and Tata are the 2 providers who provide Internet through Wireless Land Phones, and you can choose any. But i would recommend an Airtel Landline Phone and Broad Band connection which is something which i am using and i feel it well worth the money. But you need to sell 750 RS for 128 Kbps unlimited and around 1000 RS for 256 Kbps Unlimited.

  11. Reagarding charges, you can use bsnl broadband connections. For 750 you get unlimited internet at 256 kbps and for 600 rs you can use 2.5 gb upto the speed of 2 Mbps..

  12. Hi,

    I have bsnl NIC card. I want to configure outlook express. My email id is gajendra_hv@yahoo.co.in. please tell me how to configure and pop3 and smtp server name.

    thank you.

  13. Yahoo doesnt allow POP Forwarding…i should say POP Forwarding in Yahoo is not free, you need to pay to use the service, whereas Google offers a free POP Forwarding account…you can check my other blogs on how to configure the same…

  14. I tried to dial 172222 from my laptop’s modem, but I always get “Error 676 : line busy ” msg. What could be the reason ? Thank you

    • Hi Sid,

      Try 172233, else go to Control Panel, Phone and Modem Options select the modem and select properties and remove the check for Wait for Dailtone before dailing.

      If this doesnt help please get back to me.


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