Warning: These procedures have been tested with
Windows 98, 98 SE, ME, 2000 and XP only - they have NOT been tested with
the various Windows 95 releases or Windows NT 4. I would
be interested to hear from people with untested operating systems regarding
variations, and from all who have comments or problems. Please contact John
Saxon on 6161-1524 (prior to 7pm please) or firstname.lastname@example.org
NOTE: If you are an existing PCUG Dial-up subscriber and want to change to Broadband (Assuming you have been connected by TransACT), you will need to contact the PCUG to change your account to Broadband. You can do this by phone, or complete the on-line form at https://www.tip.net.au/pcug/sub_bb
A. Install Network Interface Card (NIC)
Note: It may not be necessary to install a network card, many computers (specially laptops) include in-built network hardware. Check your user manuals before rushing out to buy a card (or USB NIC).
1. Purchase a 10 MBS or 10/100 MBS PCI card. Almost any brand should do - the
later 10/100 type should normally be easily recognised by most Windows
versions (possibly not W95 and/or NT4).The current cost for a new boxed 10/100 NIC varies between $15 and $30.
2. Open the computer case, find a spare PCI slot (White socket), and firmly insert card. Make sure it is well 'seated' in the socket and that the securing screw can be inserted easily. Replace case.
3. Power up the computer. Before Windows fully loads, the new card should be detected. Insert the supplied Floppy disk or CD when requested. You may also need your Original Windows CD to complete the software installation.
4. If the installation states that the card was successfully installed - fine - if not SEEK HELP.
5. Right click "My Computer" desktop icon. Left click Properties, then Device Manager tab (Windows 2000 and XP are the same except - Left Click Hardware tab after Properties, then Click Device Manager button). Check that there are no yellow or red exclamation marks or question marks against 'Network Adaptors'. If there are any problems in that section of device manager SEEK HELP there is no point in proceeding further.
6. If all is O.K. then connect the Network cable from the TransACT set-top-box to the NIC. Hopefully this cable was installed by the TransACT installation team. Make sure the connector 'clicks in' like a modern phone plug and cannot be disconnected with a very light pull on the cable.
B.Software Installation (All except XP)
1. Insert TransACT CD (should have been supplied with your TransACT welcome pack - otherwise contact TransACT on 133-061 for a CD) - it should Autostart and begin 'EnterNet' software installation. If CD does not Autostart - click on the CD drive in My Computer. Use 'Step-by-step' installation.
2. a. EnterNet welcome Screen - Click Next
b. Agree to Software license agreement - Click Next
c. Install in Program Files - Click Next
d. Create an EnterNet icon on desktop - Click Yes
e. Yes, I want to restart my computer now - Click Finish
3. Complete the installation and Re-Start the computer.
4. At this time - you should have received confirmation from PCUG that you have been added into the system for Broadband connection. Otherwise contact the group and request a Broadband account.
5. Open the 'EnterNet' program (Double-click the desktop icon). Create a new profile and follow the prompts. Call the profile 'PCUG BB' or some easily recognisable name. If you are changing from a Dial-up connection - do not call the Broadband connection name the same as the Dial-up connection name! Use your full Email address (E.G. email@example.com) as your User Name, and your PCUG password.
6. At this point the EnterNet software will attempt to contact the TransACT server. If that contact is unsuccessful SEEK HELP, it is pointless to proceed further
7. If all O.K. it is worth adding an Icon to PCUG BB (or whatever you called it) to the desktop. You can do this by 'dragging and dropping' from the EnterNet screen to the desktop (at least you can in Windows ME). Note: This step is done automatically in Windows 98 SE. Right click and drag in Windows 2000.
8. If you wish to retain your dial-up capability - it's worth adding the dial-up icon to the desktop as well. Do this by opening 'My Computer' then 'Dial up Networking' ((Network and dial-up connections in 2000). You may have to go to Control Panel first - then in Dial-up-Networking Right Click your TIP or PCUG Icon and then click 'Create shortcut', answer O.K. when "this can only be created on the Desktop" (or similar message) is displayed.
9. Restart the computer, then - to connect to Broadband - Double click the PCUG BB Icon. You should see some connection messages in the 'Enternet' screen, and if all goes well (Within 10 seconds or so) you should be connected as indicated by the double computer screen icon in the area to the bottom right of your desktop. You can then remain connected for as long as you like and use your Browser and Email programs as usual. It is recommended that you install some Firewall software if you stay on line for long periods. You can download free 'ZoneAlarm' software from www.zonelabs.com
Disconnect by single or double clicking the double computer screen icon and clicking on the 'disconnect' button. At this time it is recommended that you use the desktop icon to connect.
10. If you are connecting for the first time to (no previous Dial-up account) - you can find Email setup instructions by clicking on this link http://www.pcug.org.au/~jsaxon/pc/intro/oeconfig.htm
NOTE: If you are changing from a dial-up account and decide to create a new Broadband mail account, be sure to go to Outlook Express Tools|Accounts|Old dialup account|Properties|General Tab and de-select "Include this account when receiving mail or synchronising". Otherwise the system may try to use dial-up as well as Broadband. But creating a new mail account should be unnecessary - the old one should work OK.
1. NIC installation instructions are essentially the same as above.
2. You do not need to install the TransACT software - instead Open Internet Explorer (select 'Work offline' if necessary) then left click on 'Tools' menu item, then 'Internet Options', then 'Connections' tab. Then click the 'Setup' Button.
3. Follow the Wizard:
a. Select 'Connect to the Internet' - Next.
b. Select ' Set up my connection manually' - Next.
c. Select 'Connect using a Broadband connection that requires a User Name and Password' - Next.
d. Type an ISP name such as 'PCUG BB' (no quotes) as mentioned above - Next.
e. Enter User Name - full Email address (E.G firstname.lastname@example.org)
f. Enter your PCUG Password and Confirm
g. Tick everything else - Next
h. Tick 'Add a shortcut to this connection on my desktop' and - Finish
4. Reopen Internet Options and Connections Tab and change to 'Never Dial an Internet connection'.
5. Follow 9 and 10 above to connect and disconnect. The inbuilt XP firewall (selected by default) should be adequate for most purposes. XP should take less than 2 seconds to connect.
John Saxon (3 Feb 2003) Updated (11 Jan 2004)