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Turn Win95 into a Remote Access Server
One of the many features included with Microsoft Plus is a Dial-Up Server option. After installing Plus you can enable Dial-Up Server by opening the Dial-Up Network icon, clicking on Connections and choosing Dial-Up Server. Next, set up shares, set your security under Win95 and dial into your own computer.
Run and Dial-Up
Access a Dial-Up configuration from the Run command line by typing
Create Shortcuts for Popular Connections
It's possible to add shortcuts to frequently used connections by dragging and dropping connections from the Dial-Up Networking folder to your Desktop. But remember, you can't change the properties of shortcuts on your Desktop. You must change the physical properties of the actual connection icon.
Autoredial for Dial-Up Networking
Windows 95 disables autodial in Dial-Up Networking by default. To enable it, click on the Start menu and choose Programs/Accessories/Dial-Up Networking. Click on Connections and choose Settings. Check off Redial and specify how long to wait between redials and how long before Win95 should give up.
Download Without Disconnect
Increase the modem time-out to avoid being disconnected from your ISP. Edit the Registry by typing Regedit from Run in the Start menu. Go to the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE /System/CurrentControlSet/Services/Class/Modem/XXXX/Settings. XXXX is the modem number (it usually starts with 0000). Move down to Inactivity Timeout and double-click on it. The <#> can be replaced with a number that represents the number of minutes before the modem time-out.
Learn Your IP Address
Find out a computer's IP address by running Winipcfg from the
Start/Run command line. In some cases, a network administrator
has set up a pool of IP addresses called DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration
Protocol) under Windows NT Server. A workstation requests an IP
address from a DHCP server and "leases" the IP address
for a duration set by the network administrator. A common problem
occurs when the DHCP server is moved to a different subnet and
workstations on the network continue to look for the DHCP server
at the old IP address. If the computer is not receiving an IP
address from the DHCP server, run the Winipcfg utility to determine
if the IP address of the DHCP server is correct. Click on the
More Info button for details on where Win95 is looking for the
DHCP server. If the DHCP server address is wrong, choose Release
and then Renew. The IP address should now be updated with a new