Getting Connected

You've made it to the Final Step in setup process! If you're reading this page, you should have already created a dial-up icon, and configured your network control panel. Now it's time to get online.

Getting Connected

  1. First, locate your dial-up icon on your desktop.
    It will look like this:

  2. Double click on the Channel 1 icon.
    This will open up a Connect to Screen. Make sure this screen is filled out correctly.
    User name - should be your Channel 1 username, in all lower case letters.
    Password - fill in whatever you chose for your password, (passwords are case sensitive. If you chose upper and lowercase letters, you must fill them in correctly).
    If you wish to have your password saved, put a password next to Save Password. If your computer is not in a secure location, leave this field blank.
    Phone Number - Make sure the phone number is filled it with all 10 digits.
    If the Phone number is 10 digits long, skip to Step 6.
    If the Phone number is only 7 digits long, follow Steps 3 through 5

  3. If the phone number was only 7 digits, click on the button that says Dial Properties. On the screen that comes up, click on the button that says Area Code Rules

  4. On the Area Code Rules page, make sure there is a check mark next to Always dial the area code (10 digit) dialing. When you have placed the check mark in the box, click the okay button at the bottom of the page.

  5. This will return you to the previous page. At the bottom of the page, make sure the number to be dialed is now 10 digits long. When this is correct, click the Apply button, and then the OK button.

  6. You should not be back at the Connect To Screen. You are ready to connect! Click the Connect button.

  7. Your icon will now go through a number of steps. You should see it:

    1. Dialling
    2. Connecting
    3. Verifying Username and Password
    4. Connected!

    When connected, the icon will display the speed you connected at, and begin counting the seconds you have been connected for. Once connected, you can minimize the connection, and open whatever programs you would like to use on the web.

    Remember. This is just the connection you have established. It does nothing but keep you connected to the internet, so you can use other programs, like Netscape, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Outlook, etc.

  8. When you have finished with the Internet, be sure to click on DISCONNECT. Channel 1 is a time-based system, and leaving yourself connected when you are not actively using the Internet eats up your allowed time online every month. If you go over your billing plans time, you will be charged at the rate of 50 cents/hour.

If you have successfully completed these tasks, you are on the Internet and having fun! Let's assume, for a moment, that you ran into trouble. If the connection returned an error instead of connecting you, be sure to write down the error message exactly as it appeared, including any error numbers, to report to our tech support people when you call us for assistance.

If you got stuck, or need assistance, call us at: 617.864.0100, or write to us at

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