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Multihoming

Speaking of different ways to get online, Mac OS X offers one of the coolest features known to Internet-loving humanity: multihoming. That’s the ability to maintain multiple simultaneous network connections open—Ethernet, AirPort, dial-up, even FireWire. If one of your programs needs Internet access, and the first method isn’t hooked up, the Mac switches to the next available connection—automatically.

This feature is ideal for laptops. When you open your Web browser, your laptop might first check to see if it’s at the office, plugged into a cable modem via the Ethernet—the fastest possible connection. If not, it automatically looks for an AirPort network. Finally, if it draws a blank there, the laptop reluctantly dials the modem. It may not be the fastest Internet connection, but it’s all you’ve got at the moment.


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