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AmigaOS 4.0 - About OS4 - Miscellaneous

Managing your Internet connections

All aspects of configuring and using Internet connections is managed from the Internet drawer located on the Workbench disk (SYS:). It contains a number of icons for managing your Internet connections, namely New Connection, Edit Connection, and Open Connection, as well as a number of folders, namely Connections, Action Logs, Connection Logs, Reports and Templates.

Edit Connection
When you click on the "Edit Connection" icon you are presented with this window:

Click on the Modify button to edit an existing connection, on the Create button to create a new connection via empirical means rather than using the New Connection wizard, or the Cancel button to quit the program. Clicking on Modify button will result in the following requester:

Select the connection to be modified and then click on OK button to proceed to the Internet connection editor screens.

These screens display a list of connection topics down the left-most panel. Simply click on the apppropriate topic and the corresponding edit window will be displayed.

Connection type
This is always the first window that is displayed once the Connection name has been selected:

The first two check-boxes determine the type of connection that you want:
  • Serial - click this if you are configuring an serial external modem that is connected to a telephone line.

  • Ethernet - click this if you are connecting to an ADSL or DSL connection via a Local Area Network (LAN) using an ethernet router or switch. Selecting this option will also remove Modem commands, Modem responses and Phone number from the side-bar because they are no longer relevant.
These are followed by the Connection Name, which should be the same as the connection you selected above. However you can change it here, but this only affects the internal name - the external name remains the same.

The last entry is the Service which is only active if Ethernet is selected above. According to the PPPoE standard, servers may offer more than one service, and it might be important to select the service you want. This option enables you to specify the right one. What the service name is supposed to be is something your ISP should have told you. If you don't know what it means, you'd better ignore this option and leave it blank, in which case it will default to the first service advertized as being available when the connection is made.

Driver
This window will only display device drivers relevant to the type of connection specified on the 'Connection type' window:

You can select a device driver from the list shown and it's name will appear as the Name parameter or you can use the file requester ahead of the Name parameter to locate a driver stored in a non-standard location. You must supply the name of the device driver which should provide the PPP link layer, e.g. "serial.device" or "duart.device". Note that the use of "serial.device" or its various replacements, such as "baudbandit.device" is strongly discouraged since, no matter what, the hardware's flaws cannot be cured in software. If you insist on using the Amiga's built-in serial port you're on your own. The default is "a1serial.device".

The Unit parameter is optional. For multi-serial boards each unit number corresponds to another port in the range 0-255. Pick the right port or assume the default value which is 0.

The Speed (Bits/Second) parameter specifies the baud rate for a dialup modem and can range between 19,200 and 921,600 by dragging the slider across the window. This parameter is not required for ADSL/DSL connection types so it is disabled .

Modem commands
This window is not applicable to ADSL/DSL connections because they do not require a dial-up connection:

This window lists the various modem commands that can be configured as required, and defaults to a fairly common set of commands. However, you may need to check the manual that you got with your modem to ascertain what the correct commands should be. To assist with "Initialization" commands, a selection of pre-defined strings are available from the right-hand "..." button.

Modem responses
This window is not applicable to ADSL/DSL connections because they do not require a dial-up connection:

This window lists the various modem responses that can be configured as required, and defaults to the most common responses. However, you may need to change them to suit individual software or hardware requirements.

Phone number
This window is not applicable to ADSL/DSL connections because they do not require a dial-up connection:

This window enables you to enter the telephone number for your Internet Service Provider (ISP). A Prefix may be required to obtain an outside line if calling from an exchange, an Areacode may be required if your ISP is not local, and Number is the telephone number. Once entered they will be displayed in their entirety in the large panel on this window, complete with separator bars if appropriate. You may want to list multiple numbers if it is appropriate for your ISP, such that if one doesn't answer you have alternate lines to try, in which case additional buttons for Delete, Up, and Down appear to assist with getting them in the desired order etc.

For a Direct connection click in the appropriate box and the phone number parameters will become ghosted. There is another tick-box for Use touchtone dialing (as opposed to pulse dialing) and another for Don't send speaker commands. Tick as appropriate. Finally there is a slider for Modem speaker volume.

Go online

You must then click on Next to proceed to the Serial Device configuration screen:

Network interface

You must then click on Next to proceed to the Serial Device configuration screen:

Point to Point Protocol

You must then click on Next to proceed to the Serial Device configuration screen:

Login/Password

Disclaimer: Amiga Auckland have prepared the above information for the use of its members based on our experiences and as such is subject to revision at any time. Amiga Auckland cannot guarantee any of the information and cannot be held accountable for any issues that may result from using it.


Copyright 2005 Amiga Auckland Inc. All rights reserved.
Revised: December 15, 2005.