I have a laptop with Win2k Pro installed and totally patched re critical
updates and AV software and firewall. At home I have a 56k dial-up connection
which I use very often. Today, for the first time ever, I installed a Sandisk
combo 128mb Compact Flash card and Wi-Fi card – 802.11b grade. I went to a
local free cybercafe and ran through the process of setting up the Wi-Fi and
connecting. All went well.
The last instruction from Sandisk was open IE and start to browse. Well,
every time I opened IE, it wanted to connect via the 56k dial-up connection.
The only way I could get the Wi-Fi to work was to delete the 56k connection
from the settings area on the laptop. As soon as I deleted that connection, the
Wi-Fi worked very well. So the basic question is: Is there an inherent conflict
Not a conflict as much as a configuration issue.
Internet Explorer is trying to be helpful. And, while that works in many
cases, being helpful can also get in the way.
But it’s easy to fix.
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In an effort to make dialing up easier, Internet Explorer (and Outlook
Express, by the way) will automatically do it for you if it sees there’s no
dial-up connection when it starts. Fire up Internet Explorer, and “all the
right things” just happen, and you’re connected and surfing in a single
That made a lot sense when dial-up was the most common mechanism to connect
to the internet. These days with always-on and other types of connections, it
can get in the way.
As you’re experiencing.
To turn it off, fire up Internet Explorer (cancelling any attempts to dial
on the way):
Click on the Tools menu
Click on the Internet Options menu item
Click on the Connections tab
You should now see something very similar to this:
In the center of that dialog box you’ll see the option that allows you to
control when IE (and Outlook Express) should dial a connection for you.
Personally, I recommend Never dial a connection. This puts
you in control of when the dial-up connection is to be made.
If you’ve been relying on IE or OE to dial the phone for you, to dial the
phone now you can right click on your dialup connection in the Network
Connections section of Control Panel:
And click on the Connect menu item. To disconnect, that
right click on that again, and you’ll see that there is a
If you do this often, you can create a shortcut to that network connection
on your desktop or start menu simply by dragging and dropping it on to either.
Right click on that shortcut, and you’ll see the Connect