Remote Access to the SMC Network Using Windows 95

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Remote Access to the SMC Network Using Windows 95

Dial
-
in to Santa Monica College enables an individual to remotely access computing resources. In
particular, stu
dents may download lecture notes or homework and upload completed projects, saving a
trip to the computer lab. This project expands on the instructions for Windows 95 provided online at the
URL,
http://www.smc.edu/tech/help_desk/HowTos/remoteaccess/
.

Overview

We configure networking by installing the appropriate adapters, protocols, and clients. An adapter is the
hardware device that physically connects the computer to the network. For a
modem, we will install a
dial
-
up adapter. A protocol is the communications language used for the computers to “talk” to each
other. SMC uses the TCP/IP protocol. Client software enables the use of remote network resources;
we will use the “Client for Micro
soft Networks”. Finally, we must identify ourselves to the SMC network
by specifying Identification and login properties.

We assume that a modem (preferably 56K) is already installed and the Windows 95 installation
software (CD, diskette, or hard drive) is

available to configure the networking software. The following
instructions walk through (1) the installation of dial
-
up networking, (2) network configuration, and (3)
setting up a dial
-
up networking connection.

CS65 Class Project, Section 4176

Author:


Pedro Huang

Student ID:

809171

Date:


May 24, 2001

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Installing Dial
-
Up Networking

Check if dial
-
up networking is already installed. You can determine this by opening the
My Computer

icon from the desktop. Do this by either selecting and hitting enter, or by double
-
clicking on the icon.



Check to see if the “Dial
-
Up Networking” f
older is present as in the picture below. If you cannot find it,
we will need to install it from the Windows 95 setup CD. Otherwise, skip ahead to
Network
Configuration.


After opening the
My Computer

folder, select
Control Panel

as below.

Note that you
can also get to the
Control Panel

from the
Start Button

on the bottom left of the screen as
below.

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From
Control Panel
, select
Add/Remove Programs
.

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Select the tab for
Windows Setup
, then select the
Communications

component (double
-
click, or select
Detai
ls
).


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Make sure that
Dial
-
Up Networking

is checked and confirm each dialog through the
OK

buttons
.


Follow the instructions at the prompt to insert your installation media. You may be asked to restart your
computer.

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Network Configuration

From the
Contr
ol Panel
, select
Network.


Select
Add
.


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We will add the

Adapter

first


Choose the
Microsoft


Dial
-
Up Adapter
.


Next add the
Protocol.


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We will need
Microsoft


TCP/IP


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At this point, there will be too many network components added, so remove the
irrelevant ones. Ensure
that the
Primary Network Logon

is set to
Client for Microsoft Networks
.


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In particular, we will not need
Client for NetWare Networks, IPX/SPX
-
compatible Protocol,
and
NetBEUI.

When you are done, the following should remain.

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Selec
t the
Properties

for
Client for Microsoft Netwoks
.

Choose
Quick logon.

Although the directions in the online document suggest the use of the Windows
NT domain, I find
Quick logon

to be more efficient to avoid computer startup delays.


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After confirming (s
electing
OK
), we will return to the
Network

dialog. Now select the
Properties

for
TCP/IP
and choose the
WINS Configuration

tab. Select the radio box for
Use DHCP for WINS
resolution.

(Note that while this step is not strictly required, I have found it usef
ul in empirical
troubleshooting to enable the option).


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Confirmation returns us to
Network.

Select the
Identification

tab to identify your Workgroup.


Enter an arbitrary name that is useful to you for the
Computer name

and the
Computer Description.

It i
s
important to enter for the
Workgroup

text field either
SMC

for staff, or
Student

for students.

When you confirm and the dialog, you will likely be prompted to reboot. If not, this would be a good time
to reboot anyway as we must now identify ourselves to

the system with our user
-
id for logging into the
network.

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After rebooting, you will encounter the following dialog.


Enter your Student ID provided by SMC. It is not necessary (and not recommended) to enter your
password at this point, as this is not th
e network password, just the password to your computer. Logon
validation to SMC resources requires

Congratulations! We can now move on to setting up the Dial
-
Up Networking Connection.

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Setting up a Dial
-
Up Networking Connection

From the desktop, open up
M
y Computer.



Select
Dial
-
Up Networking.

Select
Make New Connection
.


Choose a name like
SMC

for your connection, then select
Configure
.


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When entering the phone number, students should use 310
-
396
-
2482. Staff should use 310
-
314
-
137
6.
Then select
Next
.


Select
Finish

to complete the configuration.

You can now double
-
click on the new connection to start up the connection.

You should see the following status dialog as the connection is being negotiated.


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Once the connection is esta
blished, you should be able to use the
Windows Explorer

to navigate to the
remote network as below.


You will be prompted to enter your password as you access secured directories.

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You can also get here by selecting the
Network Neighborhood

icon from the
desktop.


To access a specific computer, such as
Zeus

or
Titan
, you can navigate through the
Network
Neighborhood

or use
Start


Find


Computer

to produce the following dialog.


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Advanced Notes

You may find it useful for performance reasons to strip dow
n the
Dial
-
Up Networking

configuration to
remove the extra protocols (
NetBEUI
and
IPX/SPX Compatible
).


To force the use of a particular ID for multiple users, you can re
-
logon to your computer by selecting
Start

Shutdown

and selecting to logon as a diffe
rent user.



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If you have more than one computer at home, you might want to try networking them together by
setting up TCP/IP between the two computers. To do this, you should specify an arbitrary IP number for
each machine (start with 10 for a local net, s
uch as 10.0.0.1 or 10.0.0.2). You should NOT do this for
dial
-
up networking.

Warning.

Sharing is disabled by default. For security reasons, only enable it if you know what you are
doing.