RAS PPPoE is a PPP over Ethernet (PPPoE) end-user client software meant for Windows Server 2003, NT 4.0, 95, 98SE, 98, ME and XP. It allows easy establishment of user connections over the Ethernet adapters while letting them continue using their native dial-up interfaces. The description for PPPoE as a means of establishing PPP connections via Ethernet adapters has been provided in the RFC 2516. It’s actively used by a large number of broadband Internet service providers for allowing the authentication and maintenance of dial-up service kind of experiences when the users connect to the Internet via their broadband modems. Despite the fact that there are other PPPoE implementations available for Windows, RAS PPPoE has some very strong points:

Compatibility – RAS PPPoE supports multiprocessor systems, easy power management (hibernate and standby) and easy sharing of Internet connections, including the on-demand dialing service.

Small size – The entire protocol weighs no more than 250 kB. However, no leniencies were made in its implementation aspect.

Seamless integration with the operating systems – RAS PPPoE gives Ethernet network adapters the same kind of appearance as the regular modems, enabling users to employ PPPoE within their regular dial-up networking frameworks.

Complete nature – RAS PPPoE doesn’t only function as an effective PPPoE client, it also delivers as an effective PPPoE server or Access Concentrator that fully implements the RFC 2516.

How to install RAS PPPoE in Windows ME, 98 and 98SE environments?

- Start by uninstalling other PPPoE client software programs present on your system. However, do this only after you’ve successfully downloaded the RAS PPPoE software. Please also note that it’s important to uninstall any previous versions of RAS PPPoE too.
- Locate the zipped RAS PPPoE folder and unzip it into any temporary directory.
- Locate the ‘Network Neighborhood’ and right click on it. It’d be ‘My Network Places’ in case of Windows ME. Click on ‘Properties’.
- Now click on ‘Add’
- Select ‘Protocol’, followed by clicking on ‘Add’.
- Now select the ‘Have Disk’ option and then click on ‘Browse’. Locate the folder into which you had unpacked the RAS PPPoE software. Select any of the INF files there. (It doesn’t matter which one you choose).
- Now click on ‘Ok’ button. Then ‘Ok’ once again.
- You’d be taken to the ‘Select Network Protocol’ window. Ensure that ‘PPP over Ethernet Protocol’ is the highlighted option. Then click ‘Ok’.
- You’d be shown the ‘Network’ window. Click ‘Ok’ in it.
- Now click ‘Yes’ for rebooting the system.
- Once you've rebooted the system, delete the temporary folder which you had unpacked the RAS PPPoE program into.
- Click on the ‘Start’ menu at the bottom left of the screen and then click on ‘Run’. Type RAS PPPoE into the field and then click ‘Ok’. (Please note, you’ll need to follow the window prompts if you get any error message at this point).
- Typing in RAS PPPoE and pressing enter in the previous step would lead to running of the RAS PPPoE program. Make sure that the selected Ethernet card is the one that’s connected to your modem (in case your system has more than one).
- Select ‘Create Dial-up Connection for the Selected Adapter’.
- Now click on the ‘Exit’ button.
- Double click on the dial-up shortcut present on your desktop, followed by entering your user ID provided by the ISP. Also enter the password. Click on ‘Save Password’
- Now click ‘Connect’.
- You’re done! Start browsing the internet!