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How to Create a PPP over Ethernet (PPPoE) Connection

Published: October 25, 2001

The Windows® XP operating system includes a built-in PPP over Ethernet (PPPoE) client. This is generally a high speed connection that involves hardware such as a cable modem or DSL.

You can install the PPPoE client in the same way as any other dial-up networking connection.

To create a PPPoE client connection:

  1. Click Start, click Control Panel, click Network and Internet Connections, and then click Network Connections. 

  2. Under Network Tasks in the left pane, click Create a New Connection to start the Network Connection Wizard, and then click Next.

  3. On the Network Connection Type page, select Connect to the Internet, and then click Next.

  4. On the Getting Ready page, select Set up my connection manually and then click Next.

  5. On the Internet Connection page, select Connect using a broadband connection that requires a user name and password, as shown in Figure 1 below, and then click Next.

    Choosing a PPPoE connection

    Figure 1. Choosing a PPPoE connection
  6. On the Connection Name page, enter the service name that your Internet service provider (ISP) provided, and then click Next.

    Note  If your ISP did not give you a service name, or you do not know it, you can leave this field blank, and then click Next. After you complete the wizard, attempt to connect using the new connection. If you are unable to do so, contact your ISP for the appropriate service name.

  7. On the Connection Availability page, choose desired availability option and then click Next.

  8. On the Internet Account Information page, enter your user name and password as shown in Figure 1 below and then click Next.

    Entering user name and password for PPPoE connection.

    Figure 2. Entering user name and password for PPPoE connection.
  9. Click Finish to complete the wizard.

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