Windows® ME DSL Setup
Things to consider for Windows® ME DSL set-up.
Windows® ME is a special Millennium Edition operating system launched by Microsoft® in the year 2000, though it is no longer supported by the Microsoft Corporation. ME is a short form for Millennium Edition. The operating system aims mainly at the home-based users, had support for graphics applications. Windows® ME was the successor of Windows® 98 operating system but did not support real mode MS-DOS® which increased the boot time of the system. Some of the new features which Microsoft® included in Windows® ME were Windows® Movie Maker software, Windows Media® Player 7 and Windows® Image Acquisition. DSL is the short form for Digital Subscriber Line. DSL helps in transmitting digital data over telephone lines. They are used in connecting your Windows® ME-based PC to the Internet.
Following things are to be kept in mind while setting up DSL connection in Windows® ME:
- Ensure minimum system requirements
- Use a router
- Configure according to the DSL Type
Ensure minimum system requirements
In order to set-up a DSL connection, there are some minimum requirements that a system should have. These requirements depend upon the operating system on which the system is running. For a Windows® ME-based system, there should be a RAM of at least 32MB, a hard drive with 100MB available space, a processor with a clock speed of 133 MHz or faster and a NIC and Ethernet adapter.
Use a router
It is always desirable to use a router if you are running your PC on Windows® ME. This will prevent your PC from getting directly exposed to the Internet. The PC will be in a private network which could access the Internet. External servers won’t be able to access resources from your PC, though you can get yourself connected to them as and when needed.
A common mistake you might make while setting up the DSL is at the part where you have to provide the IP address. You have to select ‘Properties’ while using the TCP/IP protocol. If you have opted for a Static IP, you will be required to key in that information in the specific box. If the DSL line is Dynamic, it will have to automatically fetch the IP address of the system. You can do that by clicking on the option ‘Obtain IP Address Automatically’.