About Sovernet

Your Sovernet username & password will be needed for your email account and for dialup access if you have a PHSA–Plus account (or add dialup to your PHSA–Basic account).

A word about Security—Because of the “always on” nature of DSL connections and therefore inherent risk of infiltration by hackers, we recommend that you investigate firewall protection for your computer, and at the very least, turn off all file-sharing options in your machine’s configuration options.

Using A Phone On Your DSL Line—To prevent interference from the DSL traffic, you will need to use a filter with each phone, fax, or answering machine using the same line/number your DSL connection is using. This is true for equipment using any extension on the line the DSL has been installed on. The filter plugs into the wall-jack, and the phone/fax/etc. then plugs into the filter. Some modems have an internal filter and a jack for the phone. With these, plug the modem into the wall jack and the phone into the modem. If you are plugging both a phone and the modem into the same jack, you'll need a splitter that plugs into the jack and gives you two outlets. Plug the modem into one—the filter, then the phone, into the other. Note: if you have a wall-phone on your DSL line, you’ll need a different filter which can be purchased from us or an office supply store such as Staples or Office Depot. Additional plain filters may also be purchased from us at a nominal charge. Line splitters can be purchased from office supply or hardware stores.

Once your modem is installed, following the manufacturer’s instructions, use the instructions below for configuring the TCP/IP network settings.

Set up For the PC

  1. Double-click on the My Computer icon, then on Control Panel, and then on Network.
  2. When the Network Control Panel opens, look at the list of installed components. Double-click the TCP/IP -> ...Ethernet...Adapter. NOTE: You may have more than one installed TCP/IP adapter (e.g.: there may be one for “dialup,” or others). You will want to click on the one that is for Ethernet.
  3. Click to select the button for Obtain IP Address automatically, then click on the DNS Configuration tab and select Disable DNS.
  4. Now click the OK at the bottom. Your computer will want to reboot at this time. Let it.
  5. After the computer reboots, double-click again on My Computer, then on Control Panel, and then on Internet (may also be called Internet Options).
  6. Click on the Connection tab and put a check mark next to Never Dial a Connection and then click OK at the bottom.
  7. You should be ready to get on the Internet at this time. Open a browser and test it out! You may want to check your email settings to make sure they are set to use “LAN” and not the dialup connection.

Set up For the MAC - System 9.2 and below

  1. Click on the Apple Menu icon in the upper left corner of the screen.
  2. Click on Control Panel, then on TCP/IP
  3. Go to File>Configurations
  4. Select “default” (which may or may not already be set up for your dialup connection), then click Duplicate
    In the rename window that pops up, rename the connection “dsl” or similar, click OK
    Make sure your newly named DSL configuration is highlighted, and click Make Active
  5. Back on the TCP/IP settings screen, change the first box on top to say Connect via: Ethernet.
  6. Change the second box to say Configure via DHCP Server.
  7. In the lower left will be a box that says Name Server Addr. In this box type, press Return, and then type
    (If you do not have a text entry field for the Name Server address, go to Edit> User Mode..., click on Advanced, click OK. The Name Server field should now be available. Additional text fields will also now appear on the right, they can be ignored.)
  8. In the lower right will be a box that says Search Domains. This box may be left blank, or if you feel it will help to resolve URLs faster, type sover.net. Leaving this blank should not adversely affect your connection, though opinions differ.
  9. Click the close button in the upper left and save the changes when prompted. You do not need to restart your computer.

Set up For Mac OS X

Internet access configurations may be made during the OS X installation procedure, or at any time post-installation via the Network panel (Apple>System Preferences>Network). These instructions will be based on the assumption that you have already installed OS X.

Access the Network panel. The default screen appears, set for a dialup connection, with 4 related tab options.

  1. The Location popup should remain at its default: Automatic.
  2. From the Show: popup, select Active Network Ports.
    • Highlight the Ethernet connection—If you need to keep that connection as is, click “Duplicate” and rename the copy to reflect the new Ethernet connection. Otherwise, use the one listed.
    • Making sure that the desired Ethernet connection (the one for DSL) is highlighted and checked, drag it to the top of the list of the active ports list.
  3. Return to the Show: popup, select Built-in Ethernet.
  4. The new screen shows the Ethernet window with 4 new tab options. Of these, only the TCP/IP and PPPoE tabs concern us.
    • On the PPPoE tab
      • UN-check Connect using PPPoE
      • Ignore all other fields & options
      • Un-check the PPPoE in menu bar option
    • On the TCP/IP tab
      • Configure: using DHCP
      • DHCP Client ID: leave blank
      • Domain Name Servers: and
      • Search Domains: leave blank or type sover.net

Close the Network Preferences window—try your new connection!

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