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Part V: Mac OS X Online > Internet Setup, the Firewall, and .Mac

Chapter 18. Internet Setup, the Firewall, and .Mac

As Apple's programmers slogged away for months on the massive Mac OS X project, there was one spot where they must have felt like they were happily gliding on ice: networking and the Internet. For the most part, the Internet already runs on Unix, and hundreds of extremely polished tools and software chunks were already available.

Most people connect to the Internet using a modem that dials out over ordinary phone lines. But a rapidly growing minority connects over higher-speed wires, using so-called broadband connections that are always on: cable modems, DSL, or corporate networks. This chapter explains how to set up each one (and how to use each with a wireless AirPort system).


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