Windows Users

Have the modem plugged in and switched on.

Look at Start, Programs , Accessories for Dial-up Networking . If Dial-up Networking exists, proceed to STEP 2.

Note that during the set-up a prompt to restart Windows may appear. There is no need to restart until the end of the procedure, although restarting when prompted will not cause any harm. Note also that the Windows display should be set for at least 256 colours.



  • Go to Start , Settings , Control Panel , Add/Remove Programs , Windows Setup , Communications , Dial-up Networking and then OK until closed.



  • Go to Start , Programs , Accessories , Dial-up Networking . (If your modem has not yet been installed, Windows will install it automatically at this point).
  • Go to Make New Connection.
  • At Name of computer you are dialing type Posix.
  • Next .
  • Type in the Telephone number for POSIX (no area code if it is a local number),
    South Africa, go to Next , Finish .



  • Go to Start , Programs , Accessories , Dial-up Networking . Click the right-hand mouse button on 'Posix'.
  • Go to Properties , uncheck Use country code and area code (if the call to the Posix telephone number in your area is a trunk call, insert the area dialing code in front of the Posix number).
  • Go to Server Type , choose PPP, Windows95, WindowsNT 3.5, Internet .
  • Uncheck Log onto network .
  • Check Enable software compression .
  • Uncheck Require encripted password .
  • At Allowed network protocols , only TCP/IP should be checked.
  • Go to TCP/IP Settings
  • Check Server assigned IP Address .
  • Uncheck Specify Name Server Address.
  • Check Use IP Header Compression
  • Check Use Default Gateway on Remote Network .
  • Click OK until closed.
  • Verify that the TCP/IP Protocol has been installed, Start , Settings , Control Panel , Network. If the TCP/IP protocol is not present then Add Protocol , Microsoft , TCP/IP.



  • Restart Windows.

If you are experiencing difficulty with the setting up of the dialer and mail then get the setup wizard from Microsoft.



Proxy Setup

Posix has a proxy server running at on port 3128 that can be used by all Web users on the Posix Backbone. This proxy server has a cache that is filled as the users follow links and retrieve pages. This means that the "most accessed pages" will be kept in the cache. The next time a user follows the same link, instead of retrieving the page from a remote site the access will be local at the Posix cache. The access is much faster and we save network traffic, especially valuable international traffic ! The use of the proxy server is transparent for the user, you will only notice your browser will be faster retrieving some pages than before. To use it you have to set up the proxies in your browser.


Netscape Manual Cache Configuration

  • Select the Options Menu
  • Select the Network Preferences Menu
  • Select the Proxies Tab
  • Select Manual Proxy Configuration
  • Select the View button
  • For each of FTP, Gopher and HTTP
  • Put in the Machine Name field
  • And port 3128 in the Port field
  • Push OK


Microsoft Internet Explorer Cache Configuration

  • Select the View Menu
  • Select the Options Menu
  • Click on the Connection Tab
  • Tick the Connect through Proxy Server option
  • Click the Proxy Settings button
  • In the Top Box HTTP type
  • In the Port box, type 3128
  • Then Tick the box that says Use the same Proxy server for all connections
  • Push OK