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4/18/2024 3:37:00 AM

How to connect to the internet
using the New Connection Wizard
(Windows XP)

The New Connection Wizard creates a dial-up connection profile in Windows XP to connect to the internet.
To create an internet connection profile in other versions of Windows, see the following instructions:
How to Connect to the Internet

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Network Tallahassee (NTI) no longer offers dial-up service as of 2018-07-12. Please see for our DSL and other connectivity options.

Any documents on this Network Tallahassee Technical Support site relating to dial-up service may be removed at any time, however they may remain as historical references to those obtaining dial-up service elsewhere.

New Connection Wizard (Windows XP)

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  1. Click the Start button then Control Panel.
  2. If you see Switch to Classic View on the left side of the Control Panel window, click on it.
    If you see Switch to Category View, don't click on that--you're already in Classic View.
  3. Double-click the Internet Options icon.
  4. Internet Properties: General
    Click the Connections tab.
  5. Internet Properties: Connections
    Click the Setup... button near the top of the window. Internet Properties: Connections (blank)
  6. Location Information
    This window may not appear if the area code information was previously configured.
    If this window does appear, make sure the following information is set correctly:
    • Country/region: (your country)
    • Area code: (your area code)
    • Carrier code: (blank)
    • Number to access outside line: (blank, except for some offices)
    • Tone dialing
    Click OK. Location Information
  7. Network Connection Wizard: Welcome
    The Welcome window may not be displayed in Windows XP Pro. If this window appears, click Next. NCW: Welcome
  8. Network Connection Wizard: Network Connection Type
    Select Connect to the Internet NCW: Network Connection Type
  9. Network Connection Wizard: Getting Ready
    Select Set up my connection manually NCW: Getting Ready
  10. Network Connection Wizard: Internet Connection
    Select Connect using a dial-up modem NCW: Internet Connection
  11. Network Connection Wizard: Connection Name
    ISP Name: NetTally NCW: Connection Name
  12. Network Connection Wizard: Phone Number to Dial
    Type in your local dial-up number. NCW: Phone Number to Dial
  13. Network Connection Wizard: Internet Account Information
    User name: (determined when you signed up for service)
    Password: (determined when you signed up for service)
    Confirm Password: (same as the above password)
    The following three checkboxes are selected by default and in most cases can/should be left that way:
    • Use this account name and password when anyone connects to the Internet from this computer
    • Make this the default Internet connection
    • Turn on Internet Connection Firewall for this connection
      NOTE: This option no longer appears if Service Pack 2 (SP2) or later for Windows XP has been installed. The Internet Connection Firewall has been enhanced and renamed to Windows Firewall and is now enabled by default on all connections.
    NCW: Internet Account Information
  14. Network Connection Wizard: Completing the New Connection Wizard
    Although it's not necessary, you can select the checkbox next to Add a shortcut to this connection to my desktop if you want. Normally, if you're not already connected to the internet, your computer will bring up the connection window, eliminating the need for the desktop shortcut.
    Click Finish. NCW: Completing the New Connection Wizard
  15. Connect NetTally (dial-up connection window)
    This window may not appear at this time when using Windows XP Pro.
    If you want to, you can connect to the internet immediately by clicking Dial. If you don't want to connect right now, click Cancel. Connect NetTally
  16. From within the Control Panel (again), click on Internet Options
    Click on the Connections tab.
    Make sure that Dial whenever a network connection is not present is selected instead of Never dial a connection.
    Click OK. Internet Properties:  Connections
  17. Click on this link for instructions on how to configure your email:
        Setting up Outlook Express for your email account
    If you would rather use a different email program (e.g. Microsoft Outlook, Mozilla Thunderbird, etc.), visit our Email Information page for various other options.

You're finished! If you open up Internet Explorer, Outlook Express, or virtually any other internet-related software, they'll automatically connect you to the internet if you're not already online.