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This is for the basic dsl setup for most customers. Enternet 300 software and a NIC/dsl modem combo or 4060. Some steps will not apply if you are using a router or different PPPOE software. This applies mostly to Windows 95/98/ME. Some of the steps do apply to Windows 2000 and NT also, but the registry keys may be different and the setup screens will be found in different areas. Please feel free to submit NT and 2000 specific modifications to the faq.
Before proceeding, you must back up the registry. Go to Start-Run, type in scanreg /backup at the command prompt.
1) Download Dr. TCP and raise your RWIN to between 16000 and 65535. Many ameritech users seem to think 32100 works best. Though it will vary from person to person.
2) Set the MTU for your Enternet 300 PPPOE adapter by following this procedure that Pinan(The Tweaks forum moderator) outlined in the Tweaks FAQ. Here is the procedure:
Setting MTU with Enternet.
The thing with NTS Enternet is that you can not use DrTCP to tweak the MTU (it will work for everything else though). Another thing is that NTS has limited the MTU (or as they call it, the MaxFrameSize) to a maximum of 1454. Here's what you should do to give you the broadest range for your "possible" MTU.
You have to tweak the registry. Remember NTS has limited the MTU to 1454 while the PPPoE Maximum is 1492. Although this small increase will do you no good if you don't actually have an MTU greater or equal to 1454, it still widens your MTU's upper bound.
Open regedit and go here:
(Where "n" is a number, and the registry directory for your Network Telesystems PPPoE Adapter (NTSP3) adapter). It's the one with the actual MaxFrameSize string (this is not the one you edit). Now the thing that you want to modify is the "max" string in that 000n directory. Change that to 1492. Now re-boot.
(Even though Pinan says to reboot here. You don't have to reboot just follow the other steps. We can get this all done on 1 reboot at the end. :) )
(To be sure that you put the settings in the correct places, go Here and down-load some pictures of the registry):
3) (Quoted from Pinan) Ok, now that the upper limit on your MTU is good, it's time to set it. Go to:
Network Telesystems Enternet PPPoE Adapter (NTSP3)
Click on the advanced tab
Do you see that thing called "MaxFrameSize"? Change that to 1492.
4) Stay in the Network control panel. Double click on tcp/ip for your NIC or Speedstream 4060 modem. Specify an ip address here 192.168.1.10. Specify the subnet mask 255.255.255.0. Click Ok and click OK again. If it asks you to reboot, say no.
5) Right-click "My Computer" and select properties. Click on Performance. Make sure you have at least 80% system resources free. Click on OK. If you don't have at least 80%, you can remove some programs from starting up every time you boot windows. There are 2 ways to do this. A) Go to Start-Run-explorer. Go to C:WINDOWSStart MenuProgramsStartUp. Remove the shortcuts you see here unless you want them to come up during startup, such as scanner software, printer software, cd burning utilities, firewalls, antivirus. Those are good things to keep. Close the window when you are done. B) The second method is for the advanced computer user. Go to Start-Run-msconfig. Remove the wrong thing here and you could mess up your PC.
Reboot the PC after doing A or B. Check system resources again. If it's not over 80%, that's fine as long as it moved up higher your PC will still work faster. This is your only reboot. :)
6) After reboot, Double click on Internet Explorer, Go to Tools-Internet Options. Click on "Delete Files" in the Temporary Internet Files folder and put a check in "Delete all offline content". Click OK. Then, click on "settings" in the Temporary Internet Files Folder. Set the option for it to automatically checked for newer versions of stored pages. Change the Amount of Diskspace to use to 1 MB. Click on the Connections Tab. Click on Lan Settings. Make sure everything here is blank unless you use a proxy server. Click OK in this window and in the Internet options window.
Surf around and you will see it browse noticably faster even though your speed tests and file transfer rates are the same, your browser will be faster.
This is a good start for most beginners. Thanks to Pinan and all the great posters. I have gathered a lot of information from here into one nice page. If this looks good, please let it be added to the Ameritech FAQ. :)
Again, be careful with the registry. If you get in trouble, and need to restore the registry. Reboot the PC by CTRL-ALT-DEL twice or power off and power on, and hit F-8 as it starts up and the first screen fades away, choose command prompt only at the boot menu. Type scanreg /restore. Choose the day before you did the changes and your registry will be restored. You may want to wait at least 2 days after your installation to do these tweaks. That way you will have a good copy of your registry after the installation but before the tweaks.
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