Overview: Windows 2000 is significantly different from the previous versions of Windows, Win9x and WinNT. There is no longer any dial-up networking or RAS. All network connections are now configured and managed together in the "Networking and Dial-up Connections" folder.
There are two ways to access this folder. First, there is a short cut located on the desktop called "My Network Connections." Right click on this icon and then select properties. Secondly, you can click on Start -> Settings and then double click on the "Networking and Dial-up Connections" option. If you use the second method, you will also see all of the individual connections on another drop down menu.
In Windows 2000, each network and dial-up connection has its own properties. You no longer make any "global" changes to the operating system. You only change the properties for the individual connection.
- To get into the properties of the connection, right click on the desired connection icon within the "My Network Connections" icon and select properties from the menu. The screen will appear with tabs labeled: General, Options, Security, Networking, and Sharing.
- The General tab displays the modem being used. To change the modem or its properties being used by this connection, click Configure.
- The Options tab will allow user preferences for that connection, including:
Idle Time before hanging up
The security tab allows the customer to use the Typical Security (default) settings or to select the Advanced Security settings, which will allow advanced users to select specific Security options.
The networking tab is next, and this is where you may have to make some changes. Select PPP, Windows 95/98/NT4/2000, Internet in the settings panel. A list of network components is listed at the bottom of that screen. The required network components that need to be installed and checked off in order to connect will be Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) and Client for Microsoft Networks.
The sharing tab is used for a Microsoft service included in Windows 2000 and Windows 98 SE called "Internet Connections Sharing." This allows one computer to make a connection to the Internet, and then other computers on the LAN can use it, also. In effect, the connected computer is acting as a proxy for the rest of the LAN. This is not something that we support and should be unchecked for our connections.