Dialup / ISDN FAQ
How do I change my modem init string?
Open My Computer -> Dial-Up Networking -> Right-click your ISP icon and choose Properties -> Configure button -> Connection Tab -> Advanced Button -> Enter desired modem initialization string in the Extra Settings box.
What are some tips for better dialin performance?
Here is some information that may help someone experiencing slower than expected downloads. For the good of the order:
Start by ensuring that your machine is not doing extra work by compressing data unnecessarily.
How can multiple machines share one dialup TCP/IP connection?
[With all due respect to Adrien, I really think Win95 is the wrong tool for the job. A dedicated DOS-based router, like the ones mentioned in the FAQ for comp.protocols.tcp-ip.ibmpc, would give better performance on much cheaper hardware. Of course, the user interface would be nowhere hear as pretty, which is why WinGate is the right tool for most "normal" people.]
Adrien wrote the very cool proxy server WinGate for this purpose. It runs under Win95 or WinNT. Get it from http://www.wingate.com.
For those of you who don't know the jargon, a proxy server lets you use common TCP applications like mail, telnet, ftp, and the Web by going through an intermediate site. Proxy servers are often used by corporate sites for security and bandwidth control. It occurred to Adrien that they're also a convenient way for home and small business users to share a single Internet address.
A proxy server is not a router, which passes all packets from one network to another. So you can't ping or use SNMP through WinGate, but you should be able to do what most normal people do on the net.