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Chapter 7. Networking > Networking Basics

7.1. Networking Basics

Connecting to a network basically involves telling your Mac where on the network it belongs by giving it a network IP address (which might belong to the Internet, or maybe just the local area network) and telling it where it can find its router (which lets it speak to the network outside of the immediate subnetwork). Depending upon your network's configuration, you might have to enter this and other information manually, or you can have a network server configure your network setup for you through DHCP, as described later in this chapter in Section 7.1.1.2.

In any case, Mac OS X's main interface for setting and displaying all this information is the Network preference pane, described in the next section. Network administrators can also use ifconfig, route, and other command-line tools to fine-tune a machine's network settings, as covered in Section 7.1.1.2.


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