Although Microsoft designed the Windows Millennium Edition operating system when most Internet connections ran on slow dial-up connections, you can still hook up a Windows ME computer to a much faster broadband DSL connection. You will need to setup the Internet connection in the computer's network settings, and physically connect the computer to your DSL modem or router with an Ethernet cable.
Right-click the "Network Neighborhood" icon on the computer's desktop screen. Select "Properties" from the context menu.
Click the "Configuration" tab in the "Network" dialog box. Click and highlight the TCP/IP Ethernet Adapter. Click the "Properties" button.
Click the "IP Address" tab. Click the radio button beside "Obtain an IP address automatically" to select and enable this option. Click the "OK" button.
Click the "Gateway" tab and ensure that none of the input fields contains data. If necessary, remove any information by highlighting and deleting the entries in each input field. Click the "OK" button.
Click the "DNS Configuration" tab. Click the radio button beside "Disable DNS" to select and enable this option. Click the "OK" button. If prompted to restart your computer, click "Yes." If not exit the "Network" dialog box by clicking the "x" icon in the top right-hand corner.
Switch on your modem or router and wait for it to power up. The device is usually ready to run when all the indicators lights on the front panel are illuminated.
Plug one end of the Ethernet cable into your DSL modem or router and the other end of the cable into the Ethernet port on the back or side of your computer.
Launch your computer's Web browser or email application, and the computer will connect to the Internet.
- You will also need to plug the modem or router into the telephone wall jack or DSL socket with the supplied cable. Router or modem setup varies depending on the network carrier and make and model of the equipment. Always consult the router or modem's user guide for specific installation instructions before connecting the device to your computer.
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