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Chapter 9. The Free Programs > Internet Connect

9.12. Internet Connect

Internet Connect is primarily designed for people who connect to the Internet via dial-up modem. Here's what you can accomplish with Internet Connect:

  • Click Connect to dial out using your current modem settings.

  • Once you're hooked up, check the status display to confirm whether your modem successfully connected to your ISP—or if you've been disconnected.

  • You also see your connection speed , to find out if you're really connected at 56 K (ha!).

  • A timer shows how long you've been connected.

  • Internet Connect keeps a neat log of your connection activity (choose Window→ Connection Log). Reading this log is about as exciting as reading random entries from the White Pages. Nonetheless, if you're having serious connection problems, it can be a useful troubleshooting tool.

  • The "Show modem status in menu bar" checkbox lets you use a menu bar icon to dial and observe your connections—without using Internet Connect at all.


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