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Dial-up Connection Instructions for Puppy Linux

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Dial-up Quick Configuration Info

NCF currently operates one pool of modems:

Phone Number   Max Users   Type
  23   PPP or text

Please note that long distance charges may apply outside your local calling area.

Puppy Linux is a very popular lightweight Linux distribution, distributed for free, that will run on very old computer hardware. It is ideal for dial-up users because it supports dial-up modems right out of the box and has no updates to download.

If your computer is running Puppy Linux then these instructions will assist you in setting a dial-up connection.

What you will need

To use your Puppy Linux computer on NCF dial-up you will need:

  • An internal hardware or external dial-up modem that is connected to a working outside telephone line (Puppy doesn't work with internally mounted Windows-style WinModems) The US Robotics model 5637 has been recommended as a good external modem for Linux.
  • Your NCF count ID (like aa123)
  • Your NCF account password - the same one you use to sign into the NCF Start Page


At one time all computers came with dial-up modem cards in them, but today most do not. It is easy to check and see if your computer has a dial-up modem installed or not:

  • On a desktop tower there will a phone connector on the back, usually near the bottom.
  • On a laptop there will be a phone connector on the side or back; usually they are located on the side, near the hinge-line.

If your computer originally ran Windows then an installed modem card will likely be a WinModem and not work with Puppy. The easiest solution is to buy an external USB modem (about $30) that simply plugs into any USB port.

Setting up a connection

Follow these easy steps:

  1. On the desktop click on Connect
  2. Select Dial-up analog or wirless modem
  3. Select Tickbox if external modem, if it is applicable
  4. In the PupDial dialogue box that appears enter the connection details:
    1. Phone number: enter 613-520-1135
    2. Username: (your account ID in the format aa123)
    3. Wireless APN: leave blank
    4. Password: (your NCF password)
    5. Click Connect to dial the connection.
  5. Open your web browser and it should now load your home page, indicating that you are connected to the internet.

In the future you should be able to connect via dial up by just clicking Connect on the desktop.

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See also

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