Connecting to CCN Using an IBM-compatible
If you're in a hurry...
If you already know how to use your modem and communications software,
here are the communications settings for
connecting to the Chebucto Community Net.
What you need:
There are many commercial software packages available.
- An IBM-compatible computer running a version of DOS, Windows or
IBM's OS-2 operating system
- A communications program
- A modem
- An available telephone line
Modems are available from any computer retailer. Good-quality 14,400
modems can be bought for less $25, 56k modems for less than $75.
You can use your current telephone line to connect to Chebucto Community Net.
If you have not already done so, install your modem, following the
instructions that came with it. You should always turn your computer off
before connecting or installing new hardware.
Installing an internal modem requires opening up your computer.
Older internal modems or operating systems may require you to change
'jumpers' on the modem board and/or specify *operating system and
*communication software settings including specifying strange things with
stranger names... the Serial Port # and the associated IRQ/BaseAddress.
In some cases you must disable an existing Serial Port and/or change the settings
of other hardware/software such as a mouse, sound/cd-rom card or a
If you are new to computers, are missing any of the documentation
for any of the cards in your computer, or... do not feel that your sense of
self is threatened by blissful ignorance of things humans were never
meant to understand... you may want to turn the installation/setup of an
internal modem over to your computer dealer, or invite a knowledgeable
friend over for a (very) good meal... ;-)
Newer internal modems claim to be easy to install... "Plug and Play"
is a term that is often used.... The chief difference between the newer
technologies and the older technologies is largely in the cost of the wine
you offer your friend. It should still be a decent wine but it does not
have to be extravagant.
If you are using an external modem, you may still have to change
serial port settings.
- For external modems, connect the serial cable to the proper COM port (a
connector on your computer). Your modem's instructions show how.
- Now plug the other end of the cable into your modem.
- Plug the modem's power cord into a power outlet, and turn the modem on.
Remember: For both internal and external modems, connect the telephone cord
that came with your modem to a telephone wall jack. Plug the other end into
Installing your software
You can use any communications software, including the communications
modules in multi-function software such as Microsoft Works, the Terminal
program included in Windows 3x or HyperTerminal, the terminal program
included with Windows 9x, 2000.
Follow the program's instructions to install the software on your
computer's hard disk drive. If you are using a system with only floppy
drives, make a backup copy of the communications software disk. Put the
original in a safe place, and use the copy.
If you have difficulty copying files or installing the software, consult
the manuals that came with your software.
How to connect
You will need to enter some information in your communications program so
that you can connect to CCN. Your communications software may
refer to this information as Communications Settings, Terminal Settings
Communications Parameters or Terminal Emulation.
Here are the recommended settings for
Chebucto Community Net.
Almost all communications programs allow you to save this information so
you do not have to enter it again.
Now give your software the command to dial, using the settings you saved
in the previous step.
If you get a busy signal, try again later.
When you have connected to CCN you will be asked for some
important information before you can begin
If you do not get a "Connect" message or a busy signal, there
is a problem with your modem or with the communications settings in your
software. Check your connections, make sure that the settings match those
listed above, and try again.