|If you have a broadband (satellite, cable, or DSL) Internet provider, you might want to get an account with a dialup provider as a backup. Free Internet Service Providers are a good resource for this.|
|You may want to stay with your main ISP because of its reliability, or because it's inconvenient to change your email address. It makes sense to establish a backup connection. Even the most reliable computer system has some downtime.|
|You can even sign up for accounts with multiple free Internet providers, so you'll have reliable access to the Internet at all times. And you can do it on a student's budget: free! You'll soon discover which service provider is the fastest, most reliable, and least intrusive with its ads. You can designate this connection as your default (favorite) connection in your Windows settings.
|Start "My Computer," then "Dial-Up Networking." You'll see the wizard that allows you to create a new connection, and any connections you've already created. Right click on one of these connections and choose "Create shortcut." A box appears, asking if you'd like it on the desktop instead. Confirm that you want to do this.|
|Once you've created desktop icons for all your connections, you may rearrange them and change their names, just as for any other icons. Here the names are Backup Net and Main Net. You may drag these icons to the quick-launch area of the taskbar, to make your net connections even easier.|