How to Dial Into Your Computer From anywhere R R




Ok so it's the end of the day, and you live 16 miles away from your office. You crawl through traffic jam and manage to make it home in 90 minutes dead tired after a long day. Then at home you remember that project you've been working on, which is saved on your office computer and now you need to take a look at it.
You have a couple of options. You can:
  1. head back to your office to get the files, and return home 3 hrs later; OR

  2. call your office and hope someone is still around, and then give out your valuable password to them for access to your files; OR

  3. dial into your office computer from home and have access to all your files.
Obviously option 3 is the best, however you cannot dial into your office computer remotely until you've set it up as a dial up server. I know you're saying, how do I do that. Well, I have good news for you, that is the topic of this tutorial.

We will learn how to:

  • set up a computer so that you can dial into it from anywhere in the world and access data that is stored on it. Once the computer is set up this way, it becomes known as a dial-up server;
  • set up a computer to be able to connect to your dial-up server. Once a computer is set up this way, it becomes known as a client;
  • specify which files or folders you'll like to share when you or someone else dials in into the server;
  • set up your server so you can print out documents on it from anywhere.
Don't worry, it's not difficult to do. Just be patient and follow the directions below step-by-step, and you should be fine.

Just in case you're wondering if you need internet access to be able to access the dial-up server, the answer is no you don't.

You can be in Tokyo or London and be able to dial into your home or office computer in the USA to access files and folders on it. When you connect like this, you will not only be able to see files on your own computer, but also files and folders on other computers, if the server is on a network.

What do you need?

  • Microsoft Plus! for those using Windows 95, OR
  • Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition, OR
  • Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition


The Dial-Up Networking Server component in Microsoft Plus! and Windows Millennium Edition (Me) lets you share network resources with others who connect to your computer from remote locations. You will learn how to configure your computer to be a Dial-Up Networking server or client.


Enough of the intro, I know you're itching to get started, so let's begin...

There are five steps in configuring your computer to use Dial-Up Networking. These steps are:

  • Configure your computer's modem


  • Install the Dial-Up Networking and Dial-Up Networking Server components


  • Configure your computers' network properties


  • Enable the server


  • Dial a server (for client connection)


Configuring Your Computer's Modem

To install and configure a modem, follow the manufacturer's installation instructions included with your modem.

If you can already use your modem to connect to other computers, such as your ISP, then your modem is already properly set up. So go on to the next step.

Install the Dial-Up Networking and Dial-Up Networking Server Components

To install the Dial-Up Networking component, follow these steps:
  1. Double-click My Computer.


  2. If there is a Dial-Up Networking folder in My Computer, Dial-Up Networking is already installed. Skip to the "To install the Dial-Up Networking Server component" section. If there is no Dial-Up Networking folder, continue with these steps.


  3. In Control Panel, double-click the Add/Remove Programs tool.


  4. On the Windows Setup tab, click Communications in the Components box, and then click Details.


  5. Click the Dial-Up Networking check box to select it, and then click OK.


  6. Click OK.


To install the Dial-Up Networking Server component

, follow these steps:

For Windows 95 users:

NOTE: These steps assume that you have already installed Microsoft Plus! for Windows 95. If not, search on microsoft's website and install it first, then return here to continue this tutorial.
  1. In Control Panel, double-click the Add/Remove Programs tool.


  2. On the Install/Uninstall tab, click Microsoft Plus! For Windows 95, and then click Add/Remove.


  3. Click Add/Remove.


  4. Click the Dial-Up Networking Server check box to select it, and then click Continue.


For Windows 98 users:
  1. In Control Panel, double-click the Add/Remove Programs tool.


  2. On the Windows Setup tab, double-click Communications.


  3. Click the Dial-Up Networking Server check box to select it, and then click OK.


Configuring Your Computers' Network Properties

To share resources using Dial-Up Networking, both computers need to use the following network components:
Client for Microsoft Networks
Dial-Up Adapter
A network protocol that is common to both computers

The common protocol can be either NetBEUI or IPX/SPX-compatible.

In addition, File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks must be enabled on the computer that is to be the server. To verify that this is enabled, click File And Printer Sharing in Network properties.

Network Settings:

To make sure your computers are using the proper network settings, follow these steps:
  1. In Control Panel, double-click the Network tool.


  2. Examine the list of installed network components. If any of the necessary components listed above are not installed, click Add to install them.


Computer Name:

After the necessary components are installed, click the Identification tab and verify that the computer name is valid. It must be a unique name that is no more than 14 characters long and does not contain spaces or any of the following characters: / \ * , . ". Make sure that the workgroup name is the same on both computers.

Restart your computer when prompted.

Enable the Server

To configure a computer to be a Dial-Up Networking server, follow these steps:
  1. In My Computer, double-click the Dial-Up Networking folder.


  2. On the Connections menu, click Dial-Up Server. If you don't see dial-up server as one of the options, then you must be using Win95 or first edition of win98, and don't have Microsoft Plus! installed. You have to first install Microsoft Plus!


  3. Click Allow Caller Access.


  4. If you want to require remote users to enter a password when they connect to your computer using Dial-Up Networking, click Change Password and enter the password you want to use.


  5. Click OK.


  6. To allow others to use resources on your computer, you must share those resources. For information about sharing resources, follow these steps:


  7. In all computers, go into Windows Explorer and for the drive or folders that you want to share, right click the drive or folder and choose Sharing... from the list, and use the default name that shows up.

    You can allow others to print to your printer also. To do this, go to the Printer folder in My Computer, and right click that printer icon and also choose Sharing... from the menu. Once you've specified the folders and printers you want to share, reboot the computer(s). Your computer and shared resources can now be accessed by Windows clients.


    Once your dial-up server has been successfully set up, you will need to configure the client to be able to dial into the server.


    Below you will learn about the steps necessary to make a Dial-Up Networking connection to a remote server. This article includes the following sections:

    • Installing a modem


    • Installing Dial-Up Networking


    • Creating a connection


    • Configuring the connection


    • Verifying network protocols


    • Connecting to the remote server


    • Connecting to shared resources


    MORE INFORMATION

    Before you can create a Dial-Up Networking connection to a remote server, you must know the following information:

    • The remote server's phone number.


    • The network protocols installed on the remote server.


    • The type of remote server you want to connect to [such as Windows for Workgroups and Windows NT 3.1; NetWare Connect (NRN); or Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows 98 Second edition, Windows NT Server 3.5, or Internet (PPP)].


    • The remote server's computer name.


    Installing a Modem

    If a modem has not been installed and configured on your computer, you must install one by following these steps:
    1. In Control Panel, double-click Modems.


    2. Follow the instructions in the Install New Modem Wizard.


    Installing Dial-Up Networking

    If Dial-Up Networking is not installed on your computer, follow these steps:
    1. In Control Panel, double-click Add/Remove Programs.


    2. On the Windows Setup tab, click Communications, and then click Details.


    3. Click the Dial-Up Networking check box to select it, and then click OK.


    4. Click OK.


    5. Follow the instructions on the screen. When you are prompted to restart your computer, do so.


    Creating a Connection

    To create a Dial-Up Networking connection, follow these steps:
    1. Double-click the My Computer icon and then double-click the Dial-Up Networking icon.


    2. Double-click Make New Connection.

      NOTE:

      • If you have not created a connection previously, the Make New Connection Wizard starts automatically.


      • If you have not installed a modem in Windows 95 (or Windows 98 or Windows 98 Second edition), the Install New Modem Wizard appears. Follow the instructions to install a modem.




    3. In the "Type a name for the computer you are dialing" box, type a name for the connection. This could be any name you choose. Verify that the correct modem is selected, and then click Next.


    4. Type the area code and telephone number for the connection, select the appropriate country code for the remote server you are dialing, and then click Next.


    5. Click Finish to add an icon for this connection to the Dial-Up Networking folder.


    Configuring the Connection

    To configure the new connection, follow these steps:
    1. Use the right mouse button to click the new connection, and then click Properties on the menu that appears.


    2. Click Server Type and configure the settings to match the remote server.

      NOTE: It is usually best to leave the Advanced Options settings alone. Change these settings only if you are having problems connecting to the server.


    3. Select the network protocols in use on the server.


    4. Click OK, and then click OK again.


    Verifying Network Protocols

    To determine which network protocols are installed on your computer, follow these steps:
    1. In Control Panel, double-click Network.


    2. View the protocols listed in the "The following network components are installed" box.


    If you need to install a network protocol, follow these steps:
    1. In Network properties, click Add.


    2. Click Protocol, and then click Add.


    3. In the Manufacturers box, click Microsoft. In the Network Protocols box, click the protocol you want to install, and then click OK.


    Connecting to the Remote Server

    1. Double-click My Computer, and then double-click Dial-Up Networking.


    2. Double-click the Dial-Up Networking connection you want to use.


    3. Click Connect.


    When you connect, a window appears stating that you are connected to the server you specified. This window also shows the speed and duration of the connection.

    NOTE: if you use Network Neighborhood to view the network after you connect, it may take a long time to build a browse list (depending on the size of the network). Also, you see a browse list only if the server you connect to is connected to a LAN.

    If the remote server is a Dial-Up Networking server, follow these steps to view the remote server in Network Neighborhood:

    On the Dial-Up Networking Server:
    1. In Control Panel, double-click Network.


    2. Click File And Printer Sharing For Microsoft Networks, and then click Properties.


    3. Click Browse Master, and then click Enabled in the Value box. Click OK.


    4. On the Identification tab, note the name in the Workgroup box. Click OK.


    5. When you are prompted to restart your computer, do so.


    On the Dial-Up Networking Client:
    1. In Control Panel, double-click Network.


    2. On the Identification tab, change the name in the Workgroup box to match the name you noted in step 4 above, and then click OK.


    When you dial in to the server, you can view the two computers in Network Neighborhood. Note that it may take a few minutes before you see the computers in Network Neighborhood.

    Connecting to Shared Resources

    Once you are connected to a remote server, you can map a network drive or view shared network resources. Note that in order to view a resource, it must be shared by the host computer (the remote server or another computer connected via the network to the remove server).

    To view resources, follow these steps:
    1. On the Start button,click Run.


    2. Type the following line in the Open box and then click OK
      \\<computername>
      where <computername> is the name of the computer with resources you want to view.


    To map a network drive, follow these steps:
    1. Right-click Network Neighborhood, and then click Map Network Drive on the menu that appears.


    2. In the Drive box, click the drive letter you want to use for the network drive.


    3. In the Path box, type \\<computername>\<sharename>, where <computername> is the name of the server sharing the resource, and <sharename> is the name of the shared resource you want to use.



    To connect to resources on other networks, consult the documentation for the network or check with your network administrator.


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