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Chapter 10. Connecting Your Mac to the I... > Obtaining and Configuring an Account

Obtaining and Configuring an Account

After you have decided on the technology, contact the provider to obtain an account. You usually have to call to set up your account, but some ISPs enable you to request service over the Net; others provide self-install kits that enable you to obtain and configure an account without any human intervention (one example is EarthLink).

If you use a broadband account of some sort, the provider will normally install any needed hardware for you, such as a cable modem, and configure your machine to use it (although self-install kits are becoming more common). If you use a dial-up account, you will usually receive instructions about how to configure that account; some providers, such as EarthLink, provide software that does the installation and configuration for you.


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