As the countdown draws closer, we wanted to give one more mention of the new Oregon area code that is set to be introduced on January 10th. The new area code, 458, is set to augment the entire 541 area code that is already in place in southern, mid, and eastern Oregon. The addition of the new area code brings about the requirement for ten digit dialing for all local calls (541/458‐xxx‐xxxx) and will take effect in January 2010.
What does this mean for your Internet and telecommunications services? At PEAK, this means that if you connect to the Internet through a Dial‐up connection, you will need to update the area code section of your connection settings (either 541 or 458). Otherwise you will most likely receive an error when dialing.
Here’s how to make the change on your computer. If you need help updating this prompt, don’t hesitate to call and ask for help.
Note: There may be slight differences in different versions of Windows, but here is a simple way to update the Dial-up phone number in Windows XP.
First click on the Start button. About half way up the menu should be Settings. Inside the Settings menu, you should be able to select Control Panel.
Once inside the Control Panel, there should be a large number of icons. If you do not have a bunch of icons like the picture below, click on “Switch to Classic View” on the far left margin. Now that you have all the icons we want you to double click on Internet Options.
From the Internet Options window, click on the fifth tab over. It should be labeled “Connections”. Under the Connections tab, it will show any and all Dial-up connections you have on your computer. The PEAK Dial-up connection may not be labeled PEAK as shown in the picture below, but there should be something there. If you have more than one Dial-up connection, you will want to select the connection that is listed as “Default”. Once you have clicked on the PEAK (or the “Default”) connection, click on the “Settings” button that is down and to the right.
Here in the settings window, you should have your PEAK user name and password listed. Your password may not look like it is the correct length, but should be fine. Just click on the “Properties” button next to the user name, and a new window should pop up.
The Properties window should show the current phone number you use to dial. Just add 541 in front of the current number that is listed and you are all set. Make sure to put 541 in same field as the rest of the number. Do not check the “Use dialing rules” box. If 541 is already in the correct field, you do not need to add it again. You can use spaces or dashes in the phone number, but it is not required. Once you have added the 541 to the Dial-up number as seen below, click “OK” at the bottom of the window.
You should now be able to click “OK” on the next window, and “OK” again on the last open window of this type. You should now be back to the Control Panel. Just close out of the Control Panel by clicking the red “X” at the top right of the window.
You are now all set to dial up to the Internet using the full area code. Well done. If you had any trouble following this guide of if you experience any errors after updating the phone number please give us a call at 541-754-7325.