Create a Broadband connection using PPPoE in Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008

Updated: October 14, 2010

Applies To: Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 7

You can use this procedure to create a connection to the Internet through a cable or digital subscriber line (DSL) modem that uses Point-to-Point Protocol over Ethernet (PPPoE).

Any user account can be used to complete this procedure. Review the details in "Additional considerations" in this topic.

  1. Start Network and Sharing Center.

  2. In the Tasks pane, click Set up a connection or network.

  3. On the Choose a connection option page, select Connect to the Internet, and then click Next.

  4. If you already have another connection to the Internet active, the You are already connected to the Internet page appears. Click Set up a new connection anyway.

  5. If the Do you want to use a connection that you already have page appears, click No, create a new connection, and then click Next.

  6. Click Broadband (PPPoE).

  7. Type the User name and Password provided to you by your Internet service provider (ISP). You can click Show characters to ensure that you type the password correctly.

  8. If you want Windows to save these credentials for each time you start this connection, select the Remember this password check box.

  9. Type a connection name.

    The connection name will appear in the Network and Sharing Center when this connection is active, and in the Network Connections folder.

  10. If your computer is shared by two or more people that have their own user accounts on your computer, you can allow them to use the connection by selecting the Allow other people to use this connection check box.

  11. When you have finished entering all of the information, click Connect.

  12. Windows attempts to connect and test your connection. If you do not want to connect now, click Skip.

  13. If the connection test is not completed or fails, you can diagnose the problem. If you want to skip the test, click Set up the connection anyway.

  14. Click Close.

    The connection appears in the Network Connections folder. Your new connection is automatically configured as your default network connection.

  • To make the connection available to all users, you must be logged on as a member of the Administrators group or the Network Configuration Operators group.

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