How to Connect Windows 98 to High Speed Internet

By Charles Jackson

Although Windows 98 is now an outdated operating system which is no longer supported by Microsoft, there is still no reason why you should have to be restricted to dial-up Internet access. Setting up a wired or even wireless Internet connection in Windows 98 is almost as straightforward as it is with more recent operating systems. Be aware that Windows 98 provides limited security features compared to later operating systems.

Connect an Ethernet cable between your broadband router and the back of your computer. You will need to have an Ethernet port in the back of the computer, and a card which is supported under Windows 98. Turn on the router before continuing.

Right-click on "Internet Explorer" on your Windows 98 desktop and select "Properties." Open the "Connections" tab in the Internet properties window and click the button "Install" to open the Internet Connection Wizard.

Choose the third option, allowing you to set up your connection manually. Click "Next" and on the next page, choose "I connect through a local area network (LAN)." Click "Next" again. On the next page, ensure that both boxes are unchecked. Click "Next" once more and on the final page of the wizard, choose "No" and click "Next" and then "Finish" to close the wizard. You should now be able to start surfing the Internet.

Items you will need

  • Broadband router

  • Ethernet cables

  • Ethernet adapter