Net Connector is a Dial-Up Networking (RAS) utility designed to simplify Internet access and to manage unattended Internet activity. It has the ability to open a connection, launch an external program, monitor the connection to make sure it stays open, and close the connection when the launched program has ended. This entire process can be initiated by a desktop shortcut or from a task scheduler, allowing internet tasks to be performed without any user interaction.
There are a number of different ways to use Net Connector. The simplest way is to use Net Connector as a convenience utility while surfing the web. Net Connector makes is easy to create a desktop shortcut which will take you directly to a frequently used web site, and while you're there will make sure your connection remains open. And you don't have to worry about remembering to close the connection when you're done, because Net Connector takes care of this automatically. No more missed calls or extra online charges due to a forgotten active connection!
Alternatively, many small (and not so small) businesses rely on Internet or Intranet server software which require a constant Dial-Up Networking connection. Net Connector takes care of this, as well, by constantly monitoring the connection and redialing if the connection is accidentally lost due to user action, sever time-out, or any other cause.
Probably the most popular use for Net Connector, however, is for unattended network activity, such as automatic file transfers, backups, email sending and receiving and the like. Using your favorite scheduling program, such as System Agent (part of Microsoft Plus), or Task Scheduler in Windows 2000, Net Connector can be set to run at any desired time. When it starts, Net Connector can establish a connection and then launch your file transfer program, batch file, or whatever. When the program is finished running, Net Connector will close out the connection and exit, all without user interaction.
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