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Using the Dial-Up Server

Although most people use Dial-Up Networking to connect to corporate networks, online services, and Internet service providers, your needs might not be so grandiose. You might just have a couple of Windows 98 machines—for example, one at home and one at the office—and you need to connect from one to the other occasionally. Fortunately, Windows 98 can act as a dial-up server. (In Windows 95, this was part of the Microsoft Plus! add-on.) This Dial-Up Server component turns your Windows 98 machine into a dial-up server that supports the following features:


  • Remote machines running Windows 98 or Windows NT 3.5x can connect using the PPP dial-up protocol.

  • Remote machines running Windows NT 3.1 or Windows for Workgroups 3.11 can connect using the RAS dial-up protocol.

  • You can give remote callers access to the network via NetBEUI or IPX/SPX. Note that the Dial-Up Networking Server doesn't support TCP/IP connections, so you can't connect and get access to the Internet.

  • You can set up security to allow only authorized users to call in.

  • You can require an encrypted password for extra security.


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