To configure a connection


Open Network Connections


For example, to configure a dial-up connection, click the connection you want to configure, and then, under Network Tasks, click Change settings of this connection.


Do one or more of the following:

To configure dialing devices, phone numbers, host address, country/region codes, or dialing rules, click the General tab.

To configure dialing and redialing options, or X.25 parameters, click the Options tab.

To configure identity authentication, data encryption, or terminal window and scripting options, click the Security tab.

To configure the remote access server and protocols used for this connection, click the Networking tab.

To enable or disable Internet Connection Sharing, Internet Connection Firewall, and on-demand dialing, click the Advanced tab.


To open Network Connections, click Start, click Control Panel, click Network and Internet Connections, and then click Network Connections

Internet Connection Sharing, Internet Connection Firewall, Discovery and Control, and Network Bridge are not available on Windows XP 64-Bit Edition. 

Depending on the type of connection you are configuring, different options and tabs appear in the connection's Properties dialog box.

For more information about a specific item on a tab, right-click the item, and then click What's This? 

Related Topics

Network and dial-up connection types

Using local area connections

Dial-up connections

Configuring a network connection

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