this information was last updated january 18, 2002...

Getting Started on the Internet with a Dreamcast

NEED A FULL INTRO HERE!!! LIKE WHAT THE LINK AT DCBG SAYS!!!

this guide is meant to be printed out and and given to whoever may need it or give them the url and tell them to give that url to a friend who can print it out...
i recommend that satisfied dc users print out several copies and have them onhand to give to anyone wanting to get online, but, hesitant to get a computer...

important note...
this info is current as of 1/18/02... so, phone numbers listed, etc., may have changed...


Part One - what you need

buy a dreamcast...
made before nov 2000 if at all possible...

make sure it comes with a controller...

buy a memory card...
this is not really optional... get a cheap one, it won't matter...

and you will hate life if you do not buy a keyboard...

get a planetweb browser... pick one up at your local gaming shop... 2.6 is best, 2.0 will do...
* * * * * * GET LINK FROM DCBG *** * * *** **

get a copy of the dreamkey browser... it is "hidden" in many dreamcast games... the best version, and therefore your best bet, would be a copy of a game called chu chu rocket... any game shop should have plenty of them very cheap...

getting a dreamkey is not necessary, but, you will be much better off in the long run... it is recommended to only use the planetweb to enter your isp/email/dialling info and use dreamkey for everything else...
the rest of this guide will assume you will be using the dreamkey browser... (except where specifed...)


Step Two - getting an ISP

an Internet Service Provider...
sort of like getting an account with the phone company to use the phone, they provide you access to the internet...

there are many to choose from, but, since earthlink is officially/unofficially the preferred dreamcast isp, and the newest planetweb browsers have a sign-up process built in, i do not feel i am recommending them by explaining a different way to sign up with them...
though, i use earthlink and am satisfied with their service...
and, they allow you to go month to month, instead of signing a contract, so, if you do not like them, you can cancel anytime...

call earthlink for an account at 1-800-890-6356 (mon-fri, 5am to 12am pst, sat/sun, 7am to 6pm pst)... you CAN ask for a mail-payment account... they will send you a monthly bill by mail and you can pay them by mail... it will cost you an extra $5 a month...

when they ask what you are on, tell them it is a dreamcast, not a pc, it does not run netscape or explorer, but, you DO KNOW what info you need from them and how to enter it...

this is what you tell them you need...


step four - entering your isp info into the dreamcast

now, you need to enter all the info your isp gave you into a planetweb browser...

for details, here are exerpts from hrb's guide to the planetweb browser...
his original, with all the options settings (which you will want to do eventually, but, can wait) can be found here...
http://drobb69.home.mindspring.com/faqs/planetweb%202.htm

DO SOMETHING TO SHOW YOU ARE QUOTING

First thing you want to do is set up your options. To do that, [load up a plantweb browser, press start when it tells you to, then, when you have a pointer you can move around,] press START on the controller, then go to the very bottom right button, [labelled 'options'] and then press the A button on the controller.

There should be 4 main options for you to setup. They are, Internet connection, Email Account, Optional settings, and time zone. click on internet connection to set up your ISP info.

INTERNET CONNECTION
Basic Info explanation
Your Real Name enter your first last name or your internet handle
[use the name you registered with your isp or on the credit card you used...]
User Login your user ID for your isp
Password your password for your isp
Dial-Up Number the phone number used to connect to your isp
Backup Number a backup phone number to connect to isp.
[optional]
Primary/Secondary DNS ID numbers for your isp's computers
After you finish setting that up, click OK. you will now be at, DIAL OPTIONS -Area Code you are dialing from - (enter your area code) -Long distance call prefix - (enter any prefix to access long distance calls, usually "1") -Call Waiting prefix - (disable call waiting while browsing, this may be *70 [or *67]) -Outside dial prefix - (if you need to dial a prefix number to make outside calls, enter the prefix here, usually "9") -Modem Init - (customize your modem init strings) [best to leave it alone fo now] -Dial - (select tone or pulse dialing) [select tone] -Dial area code- (click 'on' if you are dialing an isp number in a different area code. [or if your area requires the area code for loal or metro calls]) -Blind Dial - (select 'on' if you have voicemail on your phone that alters your dial tone) After you set that up, click OK, and you will see the next screen, PROXY SETTINGS -check your isp to see if you need this setting, most likely not. Click OK and you should return to the 4 main options. now click, EMAIL ACCOUNT -Email Login - (email login ID) [often the part of your isp login id before the "@" (at) symbol...] -Email Password - (email login password) -Email address - (your email address) -Incoming Server POP3 - (address of computer to receive email) -Outgoing Server SMTP - (address of computer to send email) -Show mail header when getting mail - (displays verbose listing of email headers) [you should not check ths box for now] -Include original message in replies - (lets you quote the original message when replying to an email) [you should check this box for now] Click OK when finished. back to the 4 main options for explanations of all the options, go to hrb's full guide at the address given above... but, the ones explained here are the necessary settings to get online... you can do the others later... after all this, click on 'save' at the main screen of 4 options... assuming everything went ok, you are ready to go online... so, time to see if it all will work... --- part five --- --- your first online session --- put in your dreamkey browser... if you are using chu chu rocket load it up, press start when it tells you to... at the main menu, select 'homepage'... now on the keyboard, press ctrl+O to open the url bar... it will say "http://"... type in DreamcastBrowsers.cjb.net so it looks like... http://DreamcastBrowsers.cjb.net now press enter, and click 'ok'... it will probably give you a pop-up message or two confirming you actually want to connect... once it connects, you should see the homepage of The Dreamcast Browsers Group... this will be a very important site to you in the coming weeks and maybe months... so, "bookmark it"... press ctrl+d to bookmark the page... you will be taken to your bookmark manager where you will see the bookmark, (you might want to click 'edit' on the right trig menu and change the title to "DCBG" or "Browser Help" or something... the url will start with http://groups.yahoo.com and you want to leave that the way it is...) pull the right trigger, select 'save'... choose your card or vmu you want it to save to... the best is the first slot in the controller plugged into port a... now, you can always get back to that site... you might want to write down the address, too... there is a ton of useful info about using the Dreamcast as an interent device and you can even post questions... there are plenty of people who are more than happy to help with any internet or dreamcast related questions/problems... go look in the faqs and guides... you should probably read anything that says "dreamkey" or "dk" in the title... ------------------------------- there is alot more that you will want to do to get all "moved in to the web", but, that should be enough to get you online to do the rest and put you in touch with people that will be able to help with any problem you have... as well as give advice on how to get the most from your dreamcast as an internet device... if you are not able to get online after doing all the above, post your problem at the dreamcast browsers group and someone will be able to help you out... go to a public computer at a library or net cafe or something or have a friend with a pc do it... getting online with a dreamcast is much easier than getting it all figured out with a pc, so, if you run into obstacles, rest assured that it is more than likely something simple, and the people at the dreamcast browsers group can have you up and running in no time... permanent link to this page click the above link to go to the most current and accurate version of this document, at its permanent url... DCBG's FAQs, Guides, and Tutorials http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DreamcastBrowsers/links/___FAQs_And_Guides___001007163101/ DCBG's Browser Features Comparison Chart (quick, free membership required) http://groups.yahoo.com/group/dreamcastbrowsers/database?method=reportRows&tbl=8