DUN Manager Beta
Broadband and Dial-Up Networking Enhancement
8th June 2017 - WARNING - Windows 10
version 1703 (March 2017) build 15063 broke RAS modem dialling, it failed
with error 633, port not available. Microsoft eventually announced a
registry privilege fix that allowed modems to dial again which is expected
to be included in some future update. This problem also effects some 3G
USB modems that use RAS, including many models from Huawei. It does not
effect VPN connections or those with NDIS drivers, that appear under
Network Adaptors in Device Manager.
10th March 2017 - New release, DUN Manager 3.11 today, recommended for Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016.
DUN Manager is a Windows application designed to simplify and enhance Dial-Up Networking and broadband. Features include:
DUN Manager is shareware, developed by Magenta Systems Ltd, in the UK. DUN Manager may be evaluated for 30 days, but must be registered if usage is to continue. details of which are under DUN Manager Cost and Registration. Until registered, after 10 days DUN Manager will display a nag screen for a short period after each connection which must be cancelled manually.
DUN Manager Overview
DUN Manager from Magenta Systems Ltd sits in the Windows system tray as an icon, allows single click start-up and hang-up of a dial-up networking connection defined by time or day of week, monitoring in a call status window of up to nine simultaneous connections or ISDN channels including those started by other applications and routed connections using leased lines, dial-on demand routers, ADSL or cable modems. Redialling may be done if the initial connection speed is poor or alternate numbers dialled on busy. If one ISP is not available, DUN Manager can automatically try another using sequential default connections. How connections are started is fully configurable, as is whether a call status window appears. If a logon name or password has not been specified, a window appears before dialling starts to avoid a wasted call, or may be forced where the password is not saved for security. A performance graph shows the historic transmit and receive data speeds during DUN and routed connections, and graphs may also be viewed later for further analysis. Calls are redialled if authentication fails, or if check alive (using ping) fails. Dial and hang-up can be allocated to hot keys to avoid using the mouse. A VPN connection can be automatically started after an ISP connection to access a corporate LAN.
DUN Manager provides features to stop a connection being dropped (when there are no telecom bills), to deliberately drop an idle connection (to avoid large telecom bills) or timed reconnection to drop and redial a call after a specified period (where short calls are free), reconnection for dropped calls but stopping at a specified time (ie 8am) or after a specified period, blocking to prevent certain connections being used at specified times and keep alive will stop the ISP disconnecting due to idling. Data flow hang-up will drop the connection when it becomes idle, while timed hang-up drops after a specified period, in both cases with a warning sound and a short period allowing reset of hang-up checking to stay on-line. The disconnection periods and settings depend on the time or day of week.
The flashing system tray icon is a reminder while on-line, particularly for those with internal modems, a sound may be played periodically as a further reminder and a call status window can regularly appear. When a routed connection drops, a warning icon appears. Sound effects may be associated with start of dialling, successful connection, periodically while online as a reminder, as a warning of idle connections, and when disconnected. Sounds may be suppressed during the night.
The PC clock can be automatically corrected from an internet time server and DUN Manager will act as a time server for other PCs on the LAN. Other applications may be launched when a connection starts or hangs-up, hanging-up when an application completes. Call waiting can be disabled before a connection and re-enabled afterwards. A web server is built-in, showing the call status remotely in a browser for users on a network accessing the internet through a proxy server and allowing calls to be dialled or hung-up. The web server can also serve other local pages for a LAN.
A scheduler allows connections to be automatically started at specified times and repeated until a particular time. Once connected, the scheduler will run an application or perform various other specified tasks including FTP uploads (with auto zipping), FTP downloads (failed resume and auto unzipping), HTTP downloads (such as virus identity updates), auto email, sync files (for backup), test web servers, check for POP3 mail with a notification window and delete spam, and relay POP3 mail to another address. The FTP and sync files tasks may be used for automating uploads to web sites, transferring only changed files and removing old files, or downloading webstats, and include automatic zip and unzip. A Task Log records all files copied, uploaded or downloaded. Batch files are supplied to allow auto Sophos AntiVirus updating.
Auto dial support means that when an application attempts to open a connection to a remove server (by clicking on a web link), DUN Manager will automatically dial the default connection (which may depend on the time or day of week), optionally giving a warning prompt first. If DUN Manager is not running, it is automatically launched for auto dial. A minimum gap between may be specified between scheduled and auto dial connections, hang-up may be after a specified period or when they become idle, but then delayed until just before the next call cost increment.
An activity log stores all progress messages for each connection, the phone number dialled, session duration and performance statistics, and is designed to be useful to ISPs for resolving connection problems. Logging shows multi-link calls separately, and also non-RAS calls (such as fax, HyperTerminal and Ameol2). If the modem keeps connection diagnostics (K56K, X2 and V90) these can be automatically logged after each call. Old logs are automatically deleted after a specified number of days.
Connections entries may be exported and imported for back-up or to copy to other PCs. An ISP database allows entries to created automatically.
A session log keeps about 50 different call details including cost and data volumes (which may be exported to Excel for further analysis). Session reports include several sub reports (telecom costs, ISP usage, successful and failed connections, and windows user). Each telephone number dialled can be defined with a different telecom tariff, to allow for discount schemes like BT Best Friend. The time left in seconds until an incremental call cost will occur is shown.
DUN Manager also includes various internet diagnostic utilities, including Address Lookup, Reverse Lookup, Ping Host, Trace Route, Finger, NSLookup, Whois, IP Connection List, and a Telnet terminal for accessing remote servers. All these utilities save up to 50 previously used host names, easing subsequent diagnostic sessions.
DUN Manager is shareware, developed by Magenta Systems
Ltd, in the UK, and supports all 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows
Vista and later, and may be run as a service (once registered). The
advantages of a service are that it can be set to run immediately the PC
boots without needing a user to logon, and that it can then only be
stopped by an administrator logon. Please note that Microsoft no longer
supports Windows XP, 2003 and earlier, so only old versions of DUN Manager
Viewing the Help File
Microsoft stopped installing the winhlp32.exe program needed to display historic HLP files with Windows Vista, hoping software vendors would update their help files to the CHM format. Some did, some did not, mostly sunsetted applications that are no longer supported.
A knowledgebase article 917607 explains some of this: https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/kb/917607 .
It includes links to download standalone installers to install winhlp32 on Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 2008 and 2008R2, a separate download being needed for each platform. Microsoft has not yet provided installers for Windows, 2012, 10 or 2016, and probably won't. Yet the original winhlp32 still works fine on these platforms.
Magenta Systems has therefore built a
zip file c contains
all alternate means of installing winhlp32 on Windows Vista and later,
including Windows 2012, 10 and 2016, on 32 and 64-bit editions. More information
is available on the Other Applications page.
Magenta Systems Ltd, 9 Vincent Road,
Croydon CR0 6ED, United Kingdom