The Internet Starter Kit for Windows
How can I use SLIP/PPP on Windows 3.x with Internet Nebraska?
PPP and SLIP are communication protocols that allow a computer to run applications
that use the TCP/IP protocol to communicate over a network. For example,
graphical web browsers require a TCP/IP connection to work correctly.
You will need to install PPP or SLIP software on your computer before you can use
applications that require TCP/IP. There are
commercial packages that provide PPP/SLIP such as "Internet in a Box", but there are many
and shareware applications that are available at little or no cost.
These software packages can be obtained via FTP (File Transfer Protocol).
At Internet Nebraska, we recommend the Chameleon Sampler software package.
This software is included on a floppy disk with
the book The Internet Starter Kit book by Adam C. Engst. The book
and the software can be purchased from Internet Nebraska for a nominal
fee. A more complete version of the software can be obtained from Netmanage.
There is both a Microsoft Windows version and a Mac version of the
Internet Starter Kit. The contents of the accompanying floppy diskettes are in
(The Macintosh version is in /usr/local/archive/mac/slip-ppp/ISK.)
The software on the diskette and many other useful programs also are available at
ftp.halcyon.com in the pub/tiskwin directory.
If you are an Internet Nebraska customer you can obtain this software with the following
Installation of the Chameleon Sampler isn't difficult, but if you need voice-line assistance please
call us at 434-8680. For those
who would like a little help we offer the service of having someone
come to your site to install the software for you. The installation
includes some personal tutoring and takes about an hour. The price is $40,
including a copy of The Internet Starter Kit.
- Log in to Internet Nebraska with a communications package that supports
z-modem file transfers. (Procomm will work nicely as will most of the
major communication packages.)
- Choose option "Unix Shell", which is option number 7 from the menu and press
- To download the first disk (file size = 1,218,484 bytes) enter the following command:
sz -b /usr/local/archive/win3/slip-ppp/NEW-ISK/NewISK1.exe
- To download the second disk (file size = 931,178 bytes) enter the following command:
sz -b /usr/local/archive/win3/slip-ppp/NEW-ISK/NewISK2.exe
- After the downloads are complete, exit the Unix Shell by typing "exit". Then on your local
computer uncompress the files into a
temporary directory with the exact commands listed below. (NOTE: You
must include the -d or the correct subdirectories will not be created
To uncompress the first disk type "NewISK1.exe -d".
To uncompress the second disk type "NewISK2.exe -d".
You are now ready to install the Chameleon Sampler. Just follow the instructions
Here are instructions for installing the Chameleon PPP/SLIP software.
From the "File" menu of Program Manager choose "Run". If you have the Chameleon software
a floppy disk type "drive:\setup" where drive is the letter of your floppy
drive (e.g., a:\setup). If you have the Chameleon software in a subdirectory on your
hardrive, specify the correct path to reference the Chameleon
software. (e.g., c:\install\setup)
Open the newly created "Chameleon Sampler" group in Program Manager. Open the
"Custom Connect Here" icon.
You are now ready to enter the settings for Internet Nebraska. This step has several
parts. Each part with begin with the text explaining what to enter followed
by a screen shot of how your settings should look.
Creating a New Interface
- From the "File" menu, choose "New". You will get a blank
- From the "Interface" menu choose "Add". Then, choose an
interface type and enter a name. While Chameleon can run PPP, SLIP, or CSLIP,
we suggest that you use PPP.
The name of the connection defaults to "PPP0", but you can choose anything as your
interface name. I have chosen "inetnebr.com" because of its descriptive nature.
Entering the Settings for Your Interface
- From the "Setup" menu choose "IP Address". We use dynamic IP
number allocation, so specify an IP address of "188.8.131.52".
- From the "Setup" menu choose "Hostname". Enter "dial" as your hostname, because you
are establishing a dial-up connection.
- From the "Setup" menu choose "Domain Name". Enter "inetnebr.com".
- From the "Setup" menu choose "Port". You should specify
8 data bits, 1 stop bit, no parity, and hardware flow control.
Be sure your port configuration is
set to Hardware Flow Control and not XON/XOFF. To check this open the
"Main" group from Program Manager. Open the "Control Panel" icon, and
open the "Ports" icon. Choose the com port that your modem is connected
to and click "Settings". If necessary change the Flow Control to Hardware.
The com port depends on the modem configuration in your machine.
- From the "Setup" menu choose "Modem". The initialization
string will depend on your modem. On my modem, the AT commands
"&B1", "&H1", and "&R2" fix port speed, set clear-to-send hardware
flow control, and set request-to-send hardware flow control.
My initialization string reads "AT&F&B1&H1&R2B0Q0X4E0V1", but the
command set varies somewhat from modem to modem, so you should
refer to your modem manual. Usually the initialization string that
Chameleon defaults to works fine.
- From the "Setup" menu choose "Dial". Unless you need to
dial special codes to reach an outside line you should just enter "434-6910".
If you need to dial any special codes before the actual number, follow them with
a comma then the phone number (9,434-6910).
- From the "Setup" menu choose "Login". For PPP, your login
name will be "Pusername", where "username" is replaced by your shell
username. Your password will be the same as your shell account password, and
when entered will show up as asterisks on the screen. There is no startup command.
Enter Domain Name Servers
- From the "Services" menu choose "Domain Servers". Then,
enter the IP number of our name server, "184.108.40.206". On
the second and third lines, you can either enter this number
or the IP numbers of two other servers, 220.127.116.11
(dns.synergy.net) and 18.104.22.168 (dns.usit.net).
- You must exit and save for these new settings to take effect. If this is the
first time you have setup the Chameleon software on your computer, you should
also close Windows and reboot your computer. This will allow the changes that
Chameleon made to your system to take effect.
At this point, you should be able to connect to Internet Nebraska.
To do this open the "Custom Connect Here" icon and choose "Connect".
This will dial Internet Nebraska and establish a connection. When Connect
turns to Disconnect you are successfully connected. You will still need to
run a client application over the connection to do anything. Client applications
include web browsers such as Netscape, and Mosaic; e-mail
clients such as Eudora and Pegasus; news readers such as NewsXpress; and other
TCP/IP clients such as telnet, ftp, ping, gopher, and talk.
Last updated 4/04/96