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Excel.Net, Inc.							July 10, 1996
			      Newsletter #8
			      =============

	It has been almost two months since the last newsletter was sent 
out, so we decided to put together the latest information.  Here are some 
changes that you should be aware of:

1.	We have two new employees working for us as many of you may have 
already realized.  Andy Fink, started with us on May 10, and works 
during the days.  Andy has a lot of previous sales experience and has 
rapidly become very capable at handling technical issues relating to 
Internet access.  He is currently attending the University of Wisconsin - 
Milwaukee for his teaching degree.  Our second addition is Harold Biebel, 
who already has his teaching degree.  Harold is a retired school teacher 
and has a large amount of Macintosh experience.  In fact, prior to Harold 
working in the office, he was already fielding most of the Macintosh 
questions and helping with the installations.  Finally, Shelly has 
decided to work from the home and will not be involved in the day to day 
activities of the business, beyond working with web pages.  Therefore we 
ask that all e-mail be sent to admin@excel.net for billing and 
administrative questions, techsupport@excel.net for technical questions, 
or macsupport@excel.net for macintosh specific questions.

2. With the added employees (and we anticipate adding another in the
evenings), we are able to expand the hours which somebody will be
available in the office.  The new hours will be as follows: 

Monday,Wednesday	12:00pm - 5:00pm   and   7:00pm - 11:00pm
Tuesday,Thursday	 8:00am - 5:00pm   and   7:00pm - 11:00pm
Friday			 9:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday		 1:00pm - 5:00pm

	In addition to the hours listed above, you will find that we are 
around a lot of other times.  Also, e-mail and voice mail are checked 
frequently.  Finally, anybody interested in working the evenings should 
let us know in the near future.

3.	Due to numerous customer requests and also to ease the 
maintenance, we will be changing the web page storage policy.  We will 
now be allowing users to have access to their own web page area and 
update it as frequently as needed.  In addition to this you are no longer 
limited to a single page although the 1MB of storage place restriction is 
in place.  To make your pages available to the rest of the world you will 
need to create a directory on our UNIX machine named 'www' in your home 
directory.  I will give an example using myself: account lweidig.  My 
home directory is located at: /usr/home/lweidig, so my web directory 
would be: /usr/home/lweidig/www.  All files that are put in that 
directory are available at the following URL within your web browser:
	http://www.excel.net/~lweidig/

	There is also a special trick which can be used.  If the name of 
your main page is either 'index.htm' or 'index.html', it will 
automatically be loaded by using the URL above.  Otherwise, it will be 
necessary to add the page name to the end of it.  As an example if my 
page was named cool.htm the address would be:
	http://www/excel.net/~lweidig/cool.htm

	With this method there is no longer a limitation on what names 
you would like to call your pages.  One note, pages which begin to take 
an excessive amount of hits, will either be automatically removed from 
the system or you will be required to purchase a web page storage account.
To create this directory using the WS-FTP program you will need to login 
and then press the 'MkDir' button.  Fill in the directory name of 'www'.  
Finally, the name after the '~' is your e-mail login, aliases which have 
been assigned to your account will not work.

4.	Due to the number of diskettes which we have begun to distribute, 
we have purchased a disk duplicator.  If anybody would like to use this 
machine for a project of theirs, contact me and we can work out a pricing 
arrangement based on the number of copies and time frame needed.

5.	We are discussing putting a "White pages" directory on our web 
site.  However, some people have asked us to remove all references to 
their name from our system.  If you do not want to be included in the 
directory when we get it going please send me a message at 
techsupport@excel.net and let me know.  Otherwise we will include the 
following information: Name, Company (if applicable) and e-mail address.

6. With the unfortunate recent outages, we have come up with a method to
allow users to access the Internet, even while the main server is down. 
Although we hope that this will not happen again, we have included
instructions below.  This method will work if you are unable to get logged
in with your name/password and the main server is down.  Basically, you
will need to make some changes to the configuration.  These changes can be
made permanently and do not need to be undone.  If and only if you cannot
log into our system and feel that there are problems on our end (we
usually try to leave a message on our voice mail if we are experiencing
difficulties), you will need to change the user name to: Puser, and the
password to: user.  Once the system has been restored it will be 
necessary to begin using your assigned user ID and password again.  I have 
outlined the changes for each of the common communication methods below: 

Windows 95
==========
1.  Go into the Control Panel, and open the Network control panel.
2.  Highlight the TCP/IP line and select Properties.
3.  Press the DNS Configuration tab at the top of the screen.
4.  In the DNS Server Search Order enter 156.46.10.10 and press the Add
    button.
5.  Press the OK button of the TCP/IP Properties window.
6.  Press OK from the Network window.
7.  Restart the computer.

Trumpet Winsock
=============== 
1.  Start the Trumpet Winsock program.
2.  Go into the File/Setup menu.
3.  In the Name Server field enter: 156.46.156.2 156.46.10.10
    (make sure to put a space between the two addresses)
4.  Press the OK button.
5.  Close the program down and start it back up, the changes will be in
    effect.


MacTCP
======
1.  Go into the Control Panel menu and select MacTCP
2.  Press the More... button
3.  In the Domain Name Server Information add the following in the second
    set of fields:
    Domain			IP Address
    ======			==========
    homer.alpha.net		156.46.10.10
4.  Press the OK button.
5.  Close the MacTCP control panel.


7.	The following information was in the latest issue of PC World and 
is important for Windows95 users.  There appears to be a bug as follows:
	
	Running Web Browsers, e-mail programs, and other apps that
	use Windows sockets to communicate over the Internet for
	several hours at a time can gradually decrease available
	system memory, slowing down your Win95 system or even
	causing it to crash.  This memory leak becomes worse if
	programs open and close multiple winsock connections.

The fix is:
	A patch to the Windows 95 kernel corrects the winsock
	problem.  You can download krnlupd.exe from Microsoft's 
	Web site: http://www.microsoft.com/windows95/info/krnlupd.htm

8.	We have found that the following settings will speed up the login 
times for Windows95 users and appear to be the optimal settings for the 
system:

	First you will need to go into the Dial-Up Networking folder under
the "My Computer" icon and press the right mouse button on the Excel.Net
icon.  Then select Properties from the popup menu which will appear.  This
will bring up the settings window and there should be a General tab. 
Unless you have configured Win95 to work with area codes we suggest that
you make sure this field is not filled in.  Next, press the Server Type
button.  This will bring up another window.  Make sure that it is setup
with the following values: 

Dial-Up Server:			PPP: Windows95, Win NT 3.5, Internet

Advanced Options:	
	Log Onto Network	Unchecked
	Enable Soft Compress	Checked
	Require Encrypted Pass	Unchecked

Allowed Network Protocols:
	NetBEUI			Unchecked
	IPX/SPX Compatible	Unchecked
	TCP/IP			Checked

Press the TCP/IP Settings button and make sure the following values are 
filled in:

Server Assigned IP Address

Server Assigned Name Server addresses

Use IP Headed Compression	Checked
Use default gateway		Checked

	Press the OK button on this Window and the Server Types window.  
This should get you back to the General tab.  Press the Configure button 
which should bring up the setup window for the Modem.  On the General 
tab, make sure that the Maximum speed is set properly.  This value can be 
set to 4x the modem speed (ie. 14,400 = 57,600, 28,800 = 115,200), unless 
you have a 2400 baud modem.  Do not check the button which says 'Only 
connect at this speed'.  Next, press the Connection tab and then the Port 
Settings... button.  Set the Receive buffer to the second notch from the 
left and the Send buffer to the third notch from the left.  Press the OK 
button.  Press the Advanced button and make sure that Flow control is 
checked and the the Hardware (RTS/CTS) option is selected.  Press the OK 
button.  Finally, select the Options tab.  Make sure that neither of the 
options under the Connection control are filled in.  Press the OK button, 
and then press the OK button again on the General page.


	Thank you for taking the time to look this over.  If you have any 
comments or suggestions for future newsletters please feel free to let us 
know.  We appreciate your business and hope that your Internet experience 
is enjoyable.

										

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