Network and Dial-up Connections

Definition of Network and Dial-up Connections in The Network Encyclopedia.

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What is Network and Dial-up Connections?

A utility in Microsoft Windows 2000 that allows a client machine to connect to a remote access server or the Internet over a phone line or some other WAN link. (This utility is named Dial-Up Networking in Windows NT, Windows 95, and Windows 98.) In Windows 2000, you can use Network and Dial-up Connections to create:

  • A dial-up connection to a Remote Access Service (RAS) server on a private network
  • A Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection over the Internet
  • A direct connection to a second computer using a serial, parallel, or infrared port

You can also use Network and Dial-up Connections to configure a stand-alone computer running Windows 2000 (one that is not part of a domain) to accept incoming connections from other computers.


If your Windows 2000–based computer is part of a domain, use the Routing and Remote Access console to configure instead of Network and Dial-up Connections to accept incoming connections.