Get Prepared for Online Gaming With Your Dreamcast
Posted on: 02/19/00
Updated on: 02/11/01
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We all know one of the most exciting aspects about the Dreamcast is its online gaming feature. Sure, there have been other console systems that could access the Internet CD-i and Saturn, to name two but the Dreamcast is the real deal. The only problem is not everyone can take advantage of the Dreamcast's online capabilities due to an incompatible ISP and/or the lack of cash to shell out for a new one namely, SegaNet, Sega's very own ISP. Well, don't fret my fellow DC gamers, because there is a solution. If you have a computer (and it's a pretty good chance you do if you're reading this), then you are undoubtedly aware of the number of free Internet Service Providers available on the Internet. Question is, will any of them work with the Dreamcast. Quite simply, yes! Below you will find step-by-step instructions on how to get NetZero* to work with the Dreamcast (make sure to follow the instructions closely).
*NetZero only offers 40 hours of free online service each month. Once you reach the 40-hour mark, you must pay $9.95 to receive unlimited access for the remainder of the month. For more info, click here.
1) Go to http://www.netzero.net and download the NetZero software onto your computer.
2) After the software is downloaded onto your PC, you'll need to go through the registration process. (Important: Keep your username under 6 characters, and your password under 14.)
3) Once you have registered with NetZero (picked a screen name and password), it's time to jump offline and head over to your Dreamcast.
4) Turn on the Dreamcast with the Dreamcast network software inside. It will ask you if you would like to register with SegaNet. Select the option for another ISP or PPP (Internet connection).
5) Here's where it gets kind of tough: You will have to input your screen name and password, but you cannot input your NetZero screen name or password as it appears. First, you will have to figure out your Dreamcast screen name. This is how it works: If your screen name with NetZero is mpog, your Dreamcast screen name will be 0:3.1.2:email@example.com
(You must include the 0:3.1.2: before and the @netzero.net after your NetZero screen name.)
6) Now you must decode your NetZero password. The decoder below will do it for you (it won't work if you are using Netscape). Simply type your NetZero password into the 'NetZero Password' field, click on the decode button, and your Dreamcast password will magically appear in the 'Dreamcast Password' field.
(For purposes of this article, we'll use ABCD as our sample password. When typed into the decoder, ABCD will come up as 0aaaa1.)
7) Now that you have found your Dreamcast screen name and password, input them into the Dreamcast.
Using the examples from above, this is what everything should look like on the Internet Connection set-up screen:
Your real name~~~~> ????
User logon~~~~~~~> 0:3.1.2:firstname.lastname@example.org
Dial-up number~~~~> ???-???? (your local number)
Backup number~~~~> ???-???? (a second number)
DNS1~~~~~~~~~~> _____0 - ____0 -_____0 -_____0 (leave blank)
DNS2~~~~~~~~~~> _____0 - ____0 -_____0 -_____0 (leave blank)
Area code~~~~~~~> ???
8) Leave everything else as is and just click OK
9) It's time to set up your e-mail. Your e-mail logon/password is simply your original NetZero screen name and password. (Don't use your Dreamcast screen name or password here.)
- Your e-mail screen name will be the original screen name. EXAMPLE: mpog
- Your password will be your original password. EXAMPLE: ABCD
- Your e-mail address will look like this: email@example.com
The incoming and outgoing mail servers are as follows:
- Incoming Server (Pop3): POP.NETZERO.NET
- Outgoing Server (SMTP): SMTP.NETZERO.NET
10) Click OK to everything else until you return to the Dreamcast Network screen.
Congratulations! If everything is followed as above, and you have inputted everything correctly, you're ready to get online with your Dreamcast. Now that you can access the Internet with your DC, you'll need to know of a few sites that feature downloadable goodies for the VMU. Here's a quick list of Dreamcast-friendly sites:
Also, you'll want to get a copy of the latest Web browser disc to enhance your Web-surfing experience. The most recent version (2.6) accompanies the Feb. 2001 issue (#11) of the Official Dreamcast Magazine. You can visit Planetweb, maker of the Dreamcast Web browser discs, for details on the latest browser.