There are several things you should do before you take a trip if you want to use CompuServe once you get to wherever you’re going.
The most important thing to do is to make sure that CompuServe is properly installed on your portable computer. Your portable should also have a modem installed and properly configured. Check your setup before you head out the door; you don’t want to get halfway across the country before you realize that your software, modem, or whatever isn’t working properly!
Next, look up the CompuServe access number for your destination city (GO LOGON). After all, you don’t want to make a long-distance call back home whenever you use CompuServe, do you?
Finally, make sure that you have the proper accessories for using your PC and modem on the road. Make sure you have things like extra batteries (fully charged, of course), battery charger, mouse, modular telephone cables, and so on.
Suffice it to say that the best way to prepare for foreign travel is to use CompuServe to talk to members from your destination country. Your fellow members will be willing and eager to help you hook up to CompuServe (and to better enjoy their country).
Here are some other tips for using CompuServe while traveling abroad:
- Find out as much about connecting to CompuServe from your destination country as you can before you leave the States. You may need to take special equipment or prepare different connection configurations (different modem commands, for example). Check the CompuServe forum for your destination country, or look for general information in the mobile computing forums (GO MOBILE).
- In Europe, if you can’t connect through normal methods, try calling the local number for INFONET. INFONET is a pan-European service that serves many different types of online users. Normally, you can connect to INFONET with your modem. Then, once you’re connected, direct INFONET to access CompuServe.
- If a foreign phone system issues ring signals that sound like busy signals to your modem, you can get around it by hooking up both your modem and your telephone to the same line with a Y-connector (available at any local Radio Shack store). Dial the connect number with the telephone, listen for the connect signal on the other end of the line, and then start your modem connect procedure. You also may be able to work around this by adding an X2 to your modem initialize string in CompuServe’s Modem Control Strings dialog box.