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Chapter 13. Connecting to the Internet > Creating an Internet Connection

Creating an Internet Connection

The first step in connecting to any network (including the Internet) is determining what, exactly, is being connected. Mac OS X supports a number of technologies out of the box, such as standard wired (ethernet) networks, wireless AirPort networks, and, of course, broadband and dial-in ISPs. For each different type of network, you may need to collect connection information before continuing. Chances are good that your Internet Service Provider (ISP) can configure your settings automatically through the magic of Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP).

If DHCP doesn't fill in the required information, your network administrator or ISP should be able to provide the details of your network access, including


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