WARNING: On 31st May 2006, Iridium will cease and discontinue their old Internet dialup service referred to as "Apollo Direct Internet" However, there is a new service and dialup number referred to as "Iridium Direct Internet 2.0", BUT you need to make specific changes to your configuration to take make use of this!
To manually setup internet access via Iridium using the Windows dialer
The Apollo software dialup service has now been discontinued and so all customers should now use the normal windows dialup process to connect to the internet via the special tel number provided by Iridium. These instructions are as if you are installing on Windows, but they could easily be used on a Mac, Linux, Palmpilot, etc. Note: it doesn't require any software to be installed from the Iridium CD.
Although it looks a little complicated, please just follow through the directions in front of the computer and you should actually find it quite straightforward. Because this just sets up an additional way to dial the internet there is little chance of it wrecking your existing setup, so as long as you don't change any of your existing dialup stuff it should be quite safe to experiment with this method.
1. Add a new modem to your system
(Win 98/ME/2K) Start Menu | Settings | Control Panel | Modems | Add Modem
(Win XP) Start Menu | Settings | Control Panel | Phone and Modems | Modem | Add Modem
- Click the option to choose the modem yourself (ie "Don't detect my modem; I will choose it from a list")
- Standard 19200 bps modem
- Now click "Next" (or Done)
On some versions of Windows it will now ask you questions about Data Format, and COM port (see below). On others you need to click the new modem once it is installed and edit the Properties. In either case, edit the settings as follows:
COM Port: This means "which serial port is it installed on"? Typically this is COM1, especially if you have a serial port built into the computer. If you use use a USB or PCMCIA adaptor card then it might be COM 2,3, or 4. However, most versions of Windows list the available options (see below for how to determine the COM port when using a Serial to USB adaptor)
Data format is 8,1,N with Hardware flow control (This should be the default, ie no need to change anything)
(THIS IS IMPORTANT!!!) After the Modem is added to your list of modem, then go to the advanced setting and add this initialization string
2. Add Dialup Network Connection
Right, you have now installed your modem and added the special initialisation string to make it work with the Iridium system. Next up is to tell Windows how to dial the internet on this modem.
(Win 98/ME) Start Menu | Settings | Network | Make new Connection
(Win XP) Start Menu | Settings | Control Panel | Network Connections | Create a new Connection (look on the left of the screen if you can't see this!)
Using the setup Wizard
- "Connect to the Internet", then
- "Set up Connection Manually", then
- "Connect using Modem"
- Select the Standard Modem (the modem you just added)
- Enter the number to the Iridium ISP as the telephone number: 008816000025
- Unclick "use area code"
Now: Enter the login information as;
The Iridium ISP does dynamic IP assignment so no other Internet settings are necessary.
3. Dialling the Internet
The Iridium phone now behaves like a normal windows dialup connection. So just dial the internet as you would normally, but choose the Iridium connection when you are presented with the usual list of connections by windows.