Other OS Setup
Usenet News Setup
Web Page Setup
Windows 98 and Windows 95 Setup
These simple instructions will serve to help you configure Windows 98 and
Windows 95 to use the Internet through Texas.Net. You may need your Windows
** IMPORTANT **
If you are using Window 98 or
Microsoft Internet Explorer 4 or 5, do not install using the Texas.Net
Installation CD. Follow these setup instructions instead.
PART A - Configure the Network
Click on 'Start | Settings | Control Panel'.
Double-click on the Network icon.
You must have at least three items listed in order to connect to Texas.Net.
You need 'Client for Microsoft Networks', 'Dial-Up Adapter' and
If you're missing...
'Dial-Up Adapter', click on 'Add', select
'Adapter' and click on 'Add'. Choose 'Microsoft'
on the left, and 'Dial-Up Adapter' on the right. Click on
'TCP/IP', click on 'Add', select 'Protocol'
and click on 'Add'. Choose 'Microsoft' on the left, and
'TCP/IP' on the right. Click on 'OK'.
'Client for Microsoft Networks', click on 'Add',
select 'Client' and click on 'Add'. Choose 'Microsoft'
on the left, and 'Client for Microsoft Networks' on the right.
Click on 'OK'.
If you're on a Local Area Network (LAN), check with your local
Network Administrator before performing this step. If your computer is
not connected to other computers, it is safe to proceed.
If you have listed 'Client for Netware Networks', 'IPX/SPX Compatible
Protocol', 'NetBEUI', or any other entries not listed above, click on
each one in turn and click on 'Remove' to remove them.
Under 'Primary Network Logon' make sure that 'Windows
Logon' is selected from the pulldown menu.
Double-click on 'Client for Microsoft Networks'. Make sure
nothing is checked under 'Logon validation'. Under 'Network
logon options', select 'Quick logon'. Click on 'OK'.
Double-click on 'TCP/IP'.
A warning message may appear advising that "You have asked to change TCP/IP
properties for a dialup adapter." Click 'OK' if this message does
Under the 'IP Address' tab,
- Select 'Obtain an IP address automatically'.
Under the 'WINS Configuration' tab,
- Select 'Disable WINS Resolution'.
Under the 'Gateway' tab,
- Make sure that the box under 'Installed Gateways' is empty.
- If you have anything listed there, select it and
click on 'Remove'.
Under the 'DNS Configuration' tab, make sure 'Enable DNS'
is selected. Then:
- For 'Host', enter a name for your computer consisting
of a single word. Your Texas.Net username will work fine here.
- For 'Domain', type: texas.net
- Under 'DNS Server Search Order':
- If you are dialing into Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston,
Spring, Georgetown, or Dripping Springs type 188.8.131.52
and click on 'Add'. Then type 184.108.40.206 and click
on 'Add' again.
- If you are dialing into San Antonio, New Braunfels, Bandera,
or Boerne type 220.127.116.11 and click on 'Add'.
Then type 18.104.22.168 and click on 'Add' again.
- Under 'Domain Suffix Search Order', type texas.net
and click on 'Add'.
Click on 'OK'.
Click on the 'Identification' tab. Make sure the fields for
'Computer Name' and 'Workgroup' are completed (they don't need to be
anything particular, just filled in).
Click on 'OK'. Restart your computer even if you are
not prompted to do so. ('Start | Shutdown | Restart')
PART B - Create Texas.Net Connection Icon
- Double click on 'My Computer'. Double click on 'Dial-Up
If you aren't prompted to create your connection, double-click on
'Make New Connection'.
If the 'Dialup Networking' icon does not appear in 'My
Computer', you will need to install Dialup Networking:
- Click on 'Start' | 'Settings' | 'Control Panel'.
- Double-click on the 'Add/Remove Programs' icon.
- Select the 'Windows Setup' tab.
- Double-click on 'Communications'.
- Make sure 'Dial-Up Networking' is checked. If it is
not, check it now and click on 'OK' and 'OK' again.
After Setup finishes copying the files it needs, you will be
asked to restart your computer. Restart your computer,
whether prompted to do so or not.
- When asked to enter a name for this connection, enter 'TexasNet'.
Make sure the modem listed is correct and click on Next.
- Enter the area code and phone number for your
Texas.Net connection. Numbers are listed in your startup kit.
A complete list of Texas.Net dialup numbers can also be found
on our Contact
Info page. If you are in an area that uses 10 digit
local dialing, leave the area code field blank and put all 10 digits
in the phone number field. Click on Next. Then click on
- Click with the right mouse button on your new Texas.Net
connection icon. Select 'Properties' from the menu.
- If 'Use country code and area code' is selected, or if
'Use area code and dialing properties' is selected, click
to deselect it. Make sure the Texas.Net dialup number
appears just as you would dial it.
- Click on the Server Type tab. (This might be a button on
older versions of Windows.
Type of Dial-Up Server:
- PPP: Internet, Windows NT Server, Windows 98 or
- PPP; Windows 95; Windows NT 3.5; Internet
- Enable Software Compression should be checked.
- (Nothing else here should be checked)
Allowed network protocols:
- TCP/IP should be checked.
- (Nothing else here should be checked)
- Click on TCP/IP Settings.
'Server Assigned IP Address' should be selected.
'Specify Name Server Addresses' should be selected.
- If you are dialing into our Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston,
Spring, Georgetown, or Dripping Springs lines:
- Under 'Primary DNS' enter 22.214.171.124
- Under 'Secondary DNS' enter 126.96.36.199
- If you are dialing into our San Antonio, New Braunfels, Bandera, or
- Under 'Primary DNS' enter 188.8.131.52
- Under 'Secondary DNS' enter 184.108.40.206
- Both 'Primary WINS' and 'Secondary WINS' should be
'Use IP Header Compression' and 'Use Default Gateway' should be
- Click on 'OK' and 'OK' again, until you are back to the
- Click and hold the right mouse button over the Texas.Net icon,
and 'drag' it to an empty spot on your desktop. When you release the
right mouse button, select 'Create Shortcut' from the menu that
PART C - Connect to Texas.Net
- Double-click on the Texas.Net icon on your desktop.
- Enter your login name as it appears on your startup kit.
Enter your password exactly as it appears in your startup kit
Watch for L's that look like 1's (ones) and O's that look
like 0's (zeros). Also check to be sure that you're entering capital
and lower-case letters appropriately.
- Verify that the phone number listed is exactly how you would
normally dial it. A complete list of Texas.Net dialup number can be
found in the Contact
Most versions of Windows will allow you to check the 'Save Password'
field, which will allow you to connect to Texas.Net in the future
without having to re-enter your password. Normally, this option will
become available after your first successful connection with
- Click on Connect. This will dial and connect you to the Internet.
PART D - Install and Configure a Web Browser and Email Program
Texas.Net supports a wide variety of popular internet applications, including
both the Microsoft Internet Explorer and the Netscape Navigator. Texas.Net
also supports several programs for email and Usenet News.
If you do not have a preference in web browsers or email programs, we
recommend that you
If you prefer to use a different web browser or email program, and the
software is already on your computer, here are simple instructions on how to
configure several other popular internet programs. Our supported software
If you wish to use one of these programs and it is not yet installed on your
computer, you can download it from the
of the Microsoft Internet Explorer and Outlook Express.
If you can't find the answers you're looking for here or you have a
suggestion for something that needs to be added to this documentation,
please feel free to send a message to our