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Configuring Windows 3.1/3.11 for a TCP/IP Account


A TCP/IP account is a very versatile Internet connection. Once you are connected, your computer has become part of the Internet. What that means is that foreign computers will communicate directly with your computer in the transfer of information rather than directly with VSNL. This allows you a greater flexibility as to what you can do on the Internet. {!!! In this case you are making connection to any other computer on the Internet directly, without VSNL being the intermediary. Hence there is much more flexibility about what you can do. !!!}

One striking advantage of a TCP/IP account is the ability to browse the web and see graphics and color. This cannot be done on a shell account. With a TCP/IP account one can hear sounds and even see animations. But the primary advantage is the ability to see things graphically, where the layout can be better rendered on your screen.

With all these advantages comes one disadvantage. It's a little tricky to setup on Windows 3.1/3.11. This is due to the fact that, unlike Windows 95, networking isn't built into 3.1, and extra software must be installed to get you going on the internet.

Stick in there and if you follow the directions carefully and precisely, you'll have it setup in no time. The procedure below discusses configuring Chameleon suite for Windows 3.x to make a connection to your TCP/IP account.


Installing Chameleon Version 4.5.1 for Windows 3.x for a TCP/IP access

This document describes all the steps required for configuring Chameleon Netmanage. The configurations which are not described can be left to the factory default values. So here we go:

New Installation: To start the product for the first time, start Windows in enhanced mode:

  1. Insert the Internet Chameleon #1 diskette in the drive of your choice (a: in most of the cases)
  2. Select the Run option under the File menu in Program Manager and type: a:\setup. Then choose the OK button.
  3. At the prompts , insert the appropriate diskette and choose the continue button.
After the completion of installation, a new group is added to the program manager labeled 'Internet Chameleon'.

Configuring Internet Chameleon Version 4.5.1 for Windows 3.x

Defining a new Interface: Double click on Custom Configuration Menu to open configuration main menu.

  1. Double Click on the Custom Connect icon the 'Internet Chameleon' group.
  2. Choose the New command from the file menu in Custom to open a new configuration file.
  3. Choose the add command from the interface menu. The add interface dialog box is displayed.
  4. Select PPP and type a new interface name (for e.g. vsnl) of your choice (or use the default)
  5. Choose the OK button and a new line entry will be added to the Custom window for this interface.
Completing Your Interface Configuration

From the main menu now select SETUP and then select CONFIGURATION. The following submenus will appear:

General settings

  • IP Address: VSNL provides dynamic assignment so choose Dynamic Configuration and DHCP here.
  • Host Name: From Custom, select the Name Resolution tab from the configuration dialog box. In the host name as given in Appendix A. text box, type the local host name of your computer which is:
  • Domain servers: Bombay subscriber may fill in as their primary Domain Name Server and as their Secondary Name Server. For other cities refer here.
  • Host Resolution Order: It should be Local->DNS
Communication Settings:
Choose the Communication command from the Setup menu and select the options described as follows

  • Port: Choose the correct port (COM1 or COM2) and baud rate. Flow control should be 'Hardware' and other parameters are 8 data bits, one stop bit and No parity
  • Modem: Select the modem which you are using and if your modem is not listed selecting Hayes for the modem type works across most modem types.
  • Dial: Put the hunting number for TCP/IP account here.
  • Login From Custom, select the 'Login' tab from the configuration dialog box. Type the username and password. In the start up Command box type PPP and also select the Ignore Script option, if available.
In order to repeat the same configuration for multiple phone numbers select the 'Interface' Menu and choose 'Duplicate', give a unique name to this new profile. Now, all you need to do is modify the phone number from the 'Dial' Option of the 'Communication' Menu.

This ends the configuration for Netmanage. Now the user can choose the Connect option from custom menu to connect and log in to the local VSNL server.

To connect to vsnl and test your installation choose the connect from the menu bar at the top of the window. Netmanage should now dial out to vsnl and establish a connection in a custom terminal window. As soon as you get the 'Username:' prompt type your userid and press enter. When you are prompted for your password, enter your password press the enter key. Once you are logged in you will see a prompt which look something like 'giasxxxx>', type 'ppp' and press the enter key you will now get some junk characters in the window as soon as you do this. Click on the 'Done' button on the right corner of the terminal window. Now you have established a TCP/IP connection with vsnl.

To run any Internet software do not close the custom connect window, instead you could minimize the window and invoke whatever Internet software you wish to use (for e.g. Netscape 3.x or 4.x Browser (web browser) Eudora Lite (email) etc.).

Once you have decided to log off from the Internet close the Internet application you happen to be using and switch to the custom connect window. Select disconnect from the menu bar, this will hang up your telephone line and disconnect you from vsnl.

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