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Chapter 20. AirPort > Step 2. Make a location for your standard connection

Step 2. Make a location for your standard connection

Your iMac has something called the Location Manager that makes it easy to switch all sorts of settings. This is particularly useful if you're traveling with your computer (which you're probably not doing with an iMac), but it is also very useful for making it easy to switch between the wireless AirPort connection and your standard modem connection. Don't worry if it doesn't quite make sense yet— just follow the directions and trust me that this will save you frustration later.

  1. Make sure your standard Internet connection is working properly. If you can connect to get your email and browse the web, it's fine.

  2. In the Control Strip, click on the Location Manager module and choose "Open Location Manager."




    This is the Location Manager module.


  3. When the Location Manager dialog box appears, go to the File menu and choose "New Location…" (shown below).

  4. In the small dialog box that appears, as shown below, name the new location with the name of your isp or something that tells you what this location will connect to, like "internal modem." Click the Save button.


    Cybermesa is the name of my Internet Service Provider.


  5. In the Location Manager dialog box (shown below), find the "Edit Location" menu and choose the name of the location you just made.

  6. Check the boxes "AppleTalk & tcp/ip," "Internet Set," and "Remote Access." If you know what you're doing, check any other boxes whose settings you want to keep in this location; if not, those three will do.



  7. Quit the Location Manager.


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