IndyLink - Your Independent Alternative for Internet Access

Configuring your IndyLink account on Windows computers

Windows 95/98/ME | Windows 2000/XP

Note - these instructions are for printing out and configuring manually if you are unable to download or save the IndyLink Install program to your computer. If you are connected to the Internet, download the program to your desktop and launch it to configure your computer. If you are at a different computer, download the program, save it to a disk and copy it to your own computer later.

Windows 95/98/ME

1. Click Start, go to Settings, click Control Panel and then doubleclick on Internet Options (or just plain Internet).

2. Type in: http://indylink.org/ for the Home Page - Address (making sure the slashes go the way they are shown - it's on the same key as the ? symbol on your keyboard.) Click on the Apply button at the bottom of the window.

3. Click the Connections tab at the top. If there are connections other than IndyLink showing that you don't need, click on one, then click Remove, and confirm removal if requested and repeat until you have removed all of the ones you donít need.

4. Click the Add button. Type in IndyLink for the name of the connection (replacing the name that showed up automatically), then click NEXT.

5. Type the IndyLink access phone number provided with your account information where indicated, leaving the Area Code BLANK. Please confirm that this number is local to your calling location, as you are responsible for any toll charges. Click NEXT, then click Finish. If you now see IndyLink Settings in the bar at the top of the window, skip to #7 below.

6. Click on IndyLink (to highlight it), then click on Always Dial My Default Connection, then click on the Set Default button. Click the Settings button (just to the right of IndyLink, or below it).

7. Turn off any check marks that are on (clicking on them turns them on or off.) Type in your IndyLink username and password in the appropriate boxes near the bottom of the page, copying them EXACTLY (respecting capitalization) from your Indylink account information. Leave the Domain box blank.

8. Click Properties to the right of the username.

9. Uncheck the Use Area Code check mark just below United States, if one is present.

10. Click the Server Types tab (or Networking if you have Windows ME) at the top of the window.

11. Make sure that ONLY Software Compression and TCP/IP are checked - click others to turn them off. Click TCP/IP Settings (a large button to the far right of the TCP/IP check mark.)

12. Make sure both of the check marks at the bottom are turned on.

13. Click Okay at the bottom of each window as it appears, then close the Control Panel by clicking the X in the upper right corner.

14.Congratulations! Your Indylink manual configuration is now complete. Once you are connected, download and install the install program to complete your email setup and install the Connection Manager.


Connecting with Windows 2000/XP

1a. For most XP versions: click on Start (usually in the lower left corner of the screen), then Control Panel, then double-click Internet Options.

1b. For some XP versions and Windows 2000: click Start, then Settings, then Control Panel, then double-click Internet Options.

IF YOU DON'T SEE Internet Options in the Windows XP Control Panel - Click on Tools (at the top of the window), then Folder Options, and under Tasks, click Use Windows Classic Folders, then click Okay; and find and double-click Internet Options.

2. Type in: http://indylink.org/ for the Home Page - Address (making sure the slashes go the way they are shown - it's on the same key as the ? symbol on your keyboard.) Click on the Apply button at the bottom of the window.

3. Click the Connections tab at the top of the window. If there are other connections showing that you no longer need, click each one, then click the Remove button, and confirm removal if requested. Click Add. If prompted, select US, then type in your area code. Click Okay (or Next).

4. Select the Dial-up to private network or ...phone line... connection type and click Next, then type in the phone number from your IndyLinkAccount information, and turn off the ...Area Code... check mark if present. Click Next, and then if prompted for Connection Availability select the For all users option and click Next. Type in IndyLink for the name of the connection. Click Next, and/or Finish.

5. If you see IndyLink Settings at the top of the page, skip to instruction number 6. Otherwise, click IndyLink, to highlight it, then click on Always Dial My Default Connection, then click the Set Default button. Now click the Settings button to the right of IndyLink, 3rd button down.

6. Turn off any check marks that are on (by clicking on them), then type in your IndyLink username and password in the appropriate spaces at the bottom of the page. Leave the Domain entry blank. Click Properties (to the right of your username).

7. Click the Networking tab, then make sure that Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) is highlighted in the middle window (click if itís off) then click the Properties button below.

8. Make sure you have chosen Obtain DNS Server Address Automatically (itís dotted).

9. Click Advanced. Make sure both boxes have check marks turned on.

10. Click WINS at the top of that screen, and uncheck Enable LMHosts, if it is checked.

11. Make sure Enable NetBIOS has a dot in front of it if it appears in the bottom of the window. (Windows XP only, not there in Windows 2000.)

12. Click Okay at the bottom of each window until you are back to the Control Panel and close the Control Panel window by clicking the X in the upper right corner.

13.Congratulations! Your Indylink manual configuration is now complete. Once you are connected, download and install the install program to complete your email setup and install the Connection Manager.