Key Internet Terms

KEY INTERNET TERMS

 

DIAL-UP ACCESS TELEPHONE NUMBER

This is the telephone number your modem will automatically dial to connect to the Internet.

 

LOGIN NAME (USERNAME)

This is the name you enter to login to your SLIP or PPP account. This can normally be up to eight characters and case DOES count. i.e. Lucas is different from lucas and LUCAS.

 

LOGIN PASSWORD

This is the password you enter to login to your PPP or PPPoE account. Typically six to eight characters and case DOES count. i.e. MAY$!2A is different from May$!2a.

 

ASSIGNED IP NUMBER

This is the Internet Protocol address of YOUR computer – assigned by the Internet Service Provider (ISP).

 

POP3 MAIL LOGIN

This is your login name to your POP3 e-mail account. It may or may not be different from your login to your SLIP or PPP account. Typically upper/lowercase counts.

 

POP3 MAIL PASSWORD

This is the password used to access your POP3 e-mail account. Case usually counts.

 

YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS

This is the address anyone can use to send electronic mail to your POP3 mailbox. Case does NOT count.

 

POP3 MAIL SERVER

This is the name of the machine that holds your INCOMING electronic mail. Example: mail.ori.net.

 

SMTP MAIL SERVER

This is the name of the machine at the Internet Service Provider location that forwards your OUTGOING electronic mail. It may or may not be the same as your POP3 mail server.

 

GATEWAY IP ADDRESS

This is the machine at the Internet Service Provider location that routes traffic to and from the Internet. It will be a numeric address of the form 208.72.105.1.

 

DOMAIN NAME SERVER IP ADDRESS

This is the database server machine located at the Internet Service Provider that performs domain name service lookup functions. Your computer and related software queries this machine to convert domain names such as boardwatch.com to IP addresses such as 208.72.105.5.

 

SUBNET MASK

The subnet mask is usually defaulted to 255.255.255.0 for all single dialup users and this item does NOT normally need to be addressed with your ISP. However, in some instances, you may be setting up an account for a small group of machines on your local area network. In that event, you will need a subnet mask from your ISP so that you can properly route to all the machines in your local group.

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