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Find Your Local Access number

Note: It is your responsibility to check with the phone company to confirm that the number you use to dial TDL is toll-free. TDL is not responsible for toll charges you may incur if the number you choose is a toll call from your area.

If none of the above numbers work for you, then it is also possibly to use any of the new 01 Communications numbers below, but with one additional minor change. To use these new numbers, you will need to use your entire email address for the username. If your username is now tuna, you would change it to to use an 01 Communications number. This expands the area from which TDL users can dial toll-free, and provides redundant coverage throughout our dialing area. Again, use the instructions at the bottom of this page to change your access number.

To find state-wide toll-free 01 Communications numbers, simply enter your area code and the first three digits of your phone number in the following form.

Your Area Code & Prefix
example: 925###

Instructions for Setting up a Dial UP connection or Changing your Number

To set up or change the access number on your computer, locate your operating system below and follow the instructions.

Dial-Up Setup XP

Before you get started, make sure you have your TDL or ECIS Account Information available. This would be your user name (ie: or, your password for your account and the dial up number you need for dial up access. (Click here to find dial up numbers)

First, Create a new Dial Up Connection

Click on the "Start" button, then from the menu choose "Connect to" then choose "Show all connections". That opens the Network Connections window:

Then click "Create a new connection"

That brings up the New Connection Wizard

Click Next

Select... Connect to the Internet

Click "Next"

Select.... Set up my connection manually

Click "Next"

Click the button next to Connect using a dial-up modem

Click "Next"

In the ISP Name box, type in anything you like. We suggest TDL or ECIS as names for the connection. The name you enter here is not user for anything except to help you indentifity this dial up connection.

Click "Next"

As an example......In the South San Jose area use the phone number 408-903-1055, otherwise use a number from our Dial Up Numbers List

Click "Next"

From your IHOT Account Information, enter the Access Username in the Username box.
Then enter the Access Password in both the Password and Confirm password boxes.
Check the boxes at the bottom of the screen.

Click "Next"

You're almost Done!
Click on the box next to Add a shortcut to this connection to my desktop

Click "Finish"

Finally, You're Done! Connect to the Internet Click on the Dial button to connect to the Internet Then, open your Internet Browser (Internet Explorer, Netscape or Opera) or your Email Program (Outlook, Netscape or Eudora).

To get to the TDL or ECIS Dial up Connection window to connect to the internet in the future, double-click on the Shortcut you created by checking the box on the last setup screen, on your desktop.

To Change your setting in the future:

Click on the "Start" button, then from the menu choose "Connect to" then choose "Show all connections". That opens the Network Connections window:

Find the connector you creater with a name can idenity and double click on it. The following will appear. Just change the phone number if you have a new number. To change your password follow the instuction in the password box.




Windows 95

  1. Go to My Computer and double-click on Dial-up Networking.
  2. Right-click on the icon labeled The Diamond Lane (or whatever you named your TDL connection).
  3. Select Properties.
  4. Type in your new access number in the space provided.
  5. Click OK.

Windows 3.X

  1. Double-click the Trumpet Winsock icon.
  2. Press the Esc key to stop the program from dialing.
  3. Maximize the icon by double-clicking on it if necessary.
  4. Select Dialer and Setup.cmd.
  5. Put in the new phone number when asked.
  6. Press the Enter key for username and password to keep your current values.
  7. For other dialers, the above procedure will vary.


Older OS

  1. Select Control Panels from the Apple menu.
  2. Double-click on Config PPP.
  3. Click on Config.
  4. Enter the new phone number in the box marked Phone num.
  5. Click Done.
  6. Close the Control Panel.
  7. For older operating systems, Config PPP will be in the System Folder.

OS 9.x

  1. Select Control Panels from the Apple Menu.
  2. Double-click on TCP/IP.
  3. Select PPP or Ethernet from the window.
  4. If using a modem for dialup, select PPP.
  5. Enter the phone number in the box.
  6. Complete by closing the window.

Additional Help from Apple

News Server

You may use tin from a telnet session, or point your news program to port 119. No login is required.

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