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How to set a default ISP

by grandpaw7 / September 14, 2004 6:45 AM PDT

I have signed up for both ATT and Earthlink to check them out. Right now, I want to connect via ATT. But Earthlink keeps popping up for me to use it. Is there some way to make ATT my default ISP? I've searched XP's and ATT's help programs but couldn't find anything. Thanks, grandpaw

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Re: How to set a default ISP
by glb613 / September 14, 2004 7:03 AM PDT

Find Internet options located in the control panel. Click on the connections tab, select the ISP you want, then "set default". But be advised, that program will try to connect to the internet for all programs. Best to set it to "never dial a connection". That way you can pick and choose which program you want to use.

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Glitches
by grandpaw7 / September 14, 2004 9:09 AM PDT

In internet options, under connections, only Earthlink is listed, even though in Dialup Connections both earthlink and ATT are listed, and even though Dialup Connections has connections for both, and even though I have been connecting through ATT by clicking on its icon on my desktop.

There is a program in connections for setting up a new ISP, one other than what I already have, but it doesn't look like what I want since I already have it.

I dunno. Maybe I should just punt. grandpaw

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Re: Glitches
by glb613 / September 14, 2004 9:54 AM PDT
In reply to: Glitches

Each program has its own dialup connection that is not interchangable. In other words,I doubt you can connect to Earthlink through the dialup connection of another program. For one thing, it won't have the right phone number.

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Re: Glitches
by grandpaw7 / September 14, 2004 10:52 AM PDT
In reply to: Re: Glitches

I'm not following you, glb. You said: "Click on the connections tab, select the ISP you want, then "set default". But the only ISP listed there is Earthlink; Att is not listed, so I can't select it. So I can't implement your instructions.

I can't even remember how I finally got to the Dial Up Connections page, but it shows a dialup connection for Earthlind and also one for Att. I obviously have a connection for ATT because when I connect to the internet I do so by clicking on ATT on my desktop, which produces ATT's dialup window. Yet, ATT is not listed in the Connections tab you refer to. If it were, I would select it as you instructed and make it my default.

grandpaw

grandpaw

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Re: Glitches
by glb613 / September 14, 2004 8:34 PM PDT
In reply to: Re: Glitches

Then ATT's connection isn't there. Not all programs put their connection into the internet option. Like I wrote earlier, you can't use one ISP's dialup connection to connect with another ISP. It simply doesn't work that way. Each ISP has its own phone numbers, software, etc.

Making a dialup connection your default is only good when trying to connect through other programs. For example, updating your antivirus or spyware scanning programs. When you try to update or otherwise connect to the internet through those programs, it will trigger your default ISP to run and connect. Otherwise, you would have to perform the separate step of connecting to the internet first. It saves a bit of time and that is about all.

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Re: Glitches
by grandpaw7 / September 15, 2004 12:09 AM PDT
In reply to: Re: Glitches

After I started this post, I had to go offline while I took my granddaughter to school. Now I am back finishing the post. When I'm through, and click Preview, the Earthlink connection window will pop up. But since I want to connect via ATT rather than Erthlink, I will close the Earthlink window, open my desktop, and click on the ATT icon in order to get online.

I simply wanted to make ATT my default so that, in the above situation, it would be the ATT window rather than the Earthlink window that would pop up.

But I see I can't do that because ATT doesn't appear in Internet Options>Connections, and that is where the default ISP is chosen.

OK, I can live with that. But it surprises me that IE doesn't automatically put all ISPs listed in Dialup Connections in Internet Options>Connections. ATT ought to want to be there so people can make it their default ISP.

But then, what do I know? grandpaw

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Not a feature of this OS.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 15, 2004 12:16 AM PDT
In reply to: Re: Glitches

Switching ISPs and network setups is not something Microsoft made easy. To take care of this issue, the office uses...

http://www.netswitcher.com

Bob

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You can simply add AT&T dial-up connection to it....
by David Chan / September 15, 2004 1:13 PM PDT
In reply to: Re: Glitches

In Internet Option Properties | Connections tab | click the Add button and that will activate the New Connection Wizard.

After creating a new AT&T dial-up connection it should now be listed together with EarthLink in the Dial-up and VPN Settings.
Then you select AT&T and click the button Set Default.

Hope that works for you.

You migh have to delete the existing AT&T connection.
Make sure you copy down all the settings first.

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Re: How to set a default ISP
by MIpapaof4 / October 22, 2004 7:00 AM PDT

Right click on your Internet Explorer, click on properties, and then in the general tab type in your new ISP.. Hope this helps you

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