Configure a Modem for a Dial-up Connection

Updated: February 7, 2008

Applies To: Windows Server 2008

You can use this procedure to configure the modem used by a dial-up connection. When you have multiple modems installed, you must specify the one to be used by a connection.

Any user account can be used to complete this procedure.

To configure the modem to be used for a dial-up networking connection

  1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • If you use the Control Panel Home view, under the Network and Internet section, click View network status and tasks.

    • If you use the Classic View, double-click Network and Sharing Center.

  3. In the Tasks pane, click Manage network connections.

  4. Right-click the dial-up connection you want to configure, and then click Properties.

  5. On the General tab, under Connect using, select the modem you want to configure, and then click Configure.

  6. Under Hardware Features, select the check box options you want to enable.

  7. If you want to enable the modem speaker to hear the phone line audio while connections are made, then select Enable modem speaker.

Additional considerations

  • To ensure compatibility, you need to use the same kind of modem as the one connected to the remote access server, select the same initial speed, and enable the same features. If you do not select the same model, at least select a modem with the same International Telecommunication Union - Telecommunication (ITU-T) standard as the modem on the server.

  • Selecting a feature that is not supported by your modem has no effect on its performance.

  • Network Connections automatically configures connections according to the devices that are available. For example, you might use a portable computer and docking station when you are in the office, with your connection configured to use the docking station modem. When you are on the road, and the docking station modem is not available, the connection is automatically configured to use the laptop's PCMCIA modem of the portable computer. When you return to the office and re-insert your portable computer into its docking station, Network Connections detects that the docking station modem is available again, and automatically reconfigures the connection to use the docking station modem.

  • Modem changes made as described in this procedure are unique to this connection. To make changes for all modems on your computer, you must change each modem individually.