Setting up Windows XP DSL Connection: Assigning IP Addresses Manually
Most Windows XP computers have the capability of detecting network settings and assigning them to your DSL connection. To see if your computer is configured to do this, reboot and try to connect to the internet. If you are able to connect, the DSL connection is working.
If the Internet Browser says that it cannot connect to the Internet, it means that the network settings for the pppoe connection have to be configured manually. Before we do this, we need the following information:
1. IP Address assigned to you by the ISP;
2. Subnet Mask;
3. Gateway; and,
4. DNS Server Address.
Please call your ISP and note down the above.
Click on Start -> Programs ->Accessories -> Communications -> Network Connections. You can see the Internet connection icon in the window. Right Click on the icon and click properties to open the DSL Internet connection properties dialog box. Double click on the TCP/IP row (usually the last in the dialog box). Another window opens. Here you have to enter the IP address, Subnet Mask, Gateway, and DNS server address as provided to you by your ISP internet connection provider. Once you enter the information, click OK and close all the windows.
Open the Internet Browser, click on the Tools Menu and click on the option that says Remove Browsing History. This will clear any cookies that may create problems. Once done, reboot the Windows XP computer.
Now you can start using the internet connection. Setting up Windows XP DSL is easy and anyone can do it. The only thing is to be prepared with the requirements mentioned above. Happy Surfing!