I connect to the internet via a dial-up modem using Gnome PPP. This works great for browsing the web. However, some applications think that I am not connected to a network. Specifically, Evolution and Empathy. Even the update manager has a message in its window saying that I cannot download updates because I'm not connected to a network. However, if I ignore that message and just press install updates, it goes ahead and downloads them. But it is not so simple with Evolution and Empathy.
I cannot find any option in the network manager for a dial-up connection.
Is there any way that I can tell the system that I am connected to a network when I am connecting through dial-up?