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To set up your computer for dial-up connection to NCF and the internet, please follow the step by step instructions below for the type of system you use:

  • For setting up older computers using the text system (Freeport), please click here

What phone number do I use to dial into NCF?

NCF operates two modem pools:

PhoneNum   MaxSpeed   MaxUsers   Type
613-520-1135
  56 Kbps   276   PPP or text
613-271-9768   33.6 Kpbs   48   PPP only

Both phone numbers are Area Code 613. The 520 number is in Ottawa, and the 271 number is in Kanata. Please note that long distance charge may apply to modems outside of your local calling area.


What equipment do I need?

You need a computer with a modem, and a telephone line. If you are buying a new computer, your system will probably have everything you need.

If you are buying a used computer, a basic system could be a Pentium-133 with 64MB memory, a 2GB disk, a modem of 14.4Kbps (minimum) to 56Kbps (56Kbps is recommended to take advantage of NCF's 56Kbps lines), a video card, and Windows 95 or Windows 98. However, you can still send and receive email with more modest equipment.

To browse the internet, you will need a 'web browser' program such as FireFox or Internet Explorer. You'll probably want a Mail Reader program such as Microsoft Outlook Express, Mozilla Thunderbird, or Qualcomm Eudora which you can download at their websites.

How much connection time can I get?

NCF operates over 300 modem lines, shared by members. Connection time is unlimited from midnight to noon, and unlimited from noon to midnight unless all modems become busy. If all modems become busy, total connect time from noon to midnight may sum to at least two hours per day.

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During non-peak time, from midnight to noon, you may connect for as long as you like. (In busy times, these connections may be limited to one hour at a time.) You can also connect for five minutes at a time to get/send your email anytime.

Does NCF offer high-speed access to the Internet?

Yes, NCF offers high-speed DSL internet access. DSL technology ('Digital Subscriber Line') gives you high-speed internet access over your existing telephone line, always available, without blocking your telephone. It's up to 50 times faster than a regular dialup connection.

For more details, please see our <a href='/ncf/registration/dsl'>DSL information page</a>, where you can also sign up.