Configuring a Dial – Up Connection

This was written in Early 1997, I've not updated on the website for quite a while, I did update it in my book though, the steps are almost identical in the latest releases of Windows CE, so it's going to stay on the site in this format

This is an exact step-by-step how to including EVERYTHING that appears on the screens! The Screen shots were taken on my HP 320LX.

Switch on the HPC, Plug in AC Power (Highly Recommended), Plug in Modem. We’ll start with configuring our Connection

Click on Start, Programs.

Double Tapping on the Communications Icon will Bring up another screen

Double Tap Remote Networking

Double tap on Make New Connection

Enter an Appropriate Name for the connection (Your ISP’s Name would be a good choice). I’m entering Global Internet and telling the HPC it’s a Dial-Up Connection.

Clicking Next will bring up the Select a modem connection, It is a good idea to have already plugged in your hardware, so that Windows CE will hopefully know all about it, I'm using a Nokia DTP-II version 2 pcmcia modem in this example.

Enter the appropriate telephone number of your ISP's modem line

Clicking on the configure option will take you to the next screens.

I didn’t have to change anything in the following Port Settings and call options screens, My modem is a cellular one and maximum speed is 9600 so I’ve left the speed that the HPC talks to it running at 19200 and it works just fine.

Now we can go into the TCP/IP Settings screen and make a couple of changes notably those of our DNS server’s addresses, these are the magic numbers that mean when you type in   it gets translated into it’s unique number so it can find it for you on the web.


As you can see we’ve entered the IP numbers for our DNS servers and checked "Log on to network field".

Tapping o.k. should take you back here to the program group

Now it’s time to test this connection we’ve created.

Double Tap on your connection document (I’m double tapping my global internet).

If you don’t get the following User Authenticated then the login didn’t complete o.k.

My connection completed just fine and we can now hide the box and we can do such things as Email and web browsing.

OK so it didn’t work for you first time what’s the trick. 

No tricks honestly, I’m lucky enough to have an ISP (Internet Service Provider) that supports Microsoft PAP / CHAP user authentication, so when I entered the user name and passwords into the dialog boxes earlier it passed those onto the login and password prompt.

Here is a brief overview of the differences of setting up another Service Provider, my old service provider doesn’t support MS PAP / CHAP user authentication, so I have to login manually.

I’ve only included the main configuration screens and the differences when the system connects.

Look for the differences

Tcp/ip settings

Ok so the settings that are different are Use Terminal Window after dialing. This is the really important one, without it you won’t get a login prompt! And the connection will drop after about 20 seconds.

We’ll double tap on our Enterprise Plc connection

It dials in exactly the same except this time we don’t need to enter anything in the User Name and Password Fields.

The screen will clear and you will be usually presented with a blank screen, press return to wake it up, then login with your username and password.

It is really really important to press the OK button in the top right hand corner of the screen when you see what appears to be garbage like above (really it’s the PPP negotiation working)

If you don’t hit the OK button within 20 seconds of seeing the PPP negotiation on the screen the connection will timeout.

You’ll know all is well when you the Device connected and shortly afterwards the User Authenticated box displayed.

Setting up connection that doesn’t login automatically.

O.K. That should be it, you should be on the Internet, with your Windows CE Device.

They differ in one major way, when logging in to Global’s system I enter my user name and password in the connection box and when it connects the information is processed. On the Enterprise account it doesn’t matter what information is entered in this screen as it is ignored by the server I login to! So in example 1 we automatically connect and login and in example 2 we manually login to the internet.

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