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Chapter 8. Exploring the Internet > Setting Up Multiple Connections

Setting Up Multiple Connections

If you have a mobile computer, such as a PowerBook, you can set up multiple connections. For example, you can use a laptop to access the Internet at home using a dial-up modem, go to work and connect to a network using ethernet, or relax at a coffee shop and browse the Web using AirPort. When you have multiple connections, the Mac OS X attempts to connect to these networks in the order they appear from top to bottom in the Network pane. Each set of network connections is called a network port configuration. You can create different port configurations with unique priorities for different locations, which makes switching from one location to another easier. You can quickly access different locations using the Location submenu on the Apple menu.

Set Network Port Priorities and Locations

Click the System Preferences icon in the Dock, and then click the Network icon.

Click the Show pop-up, and then click Network Port Configurations.

Click the Location pop-up, and then select one of the following options:

  • Automatic. Default location.

  • A location name. Switches to the location name.

  • New Location. Creates a new location, such as “home”.

  • Edit Location. Changes settings for a location.

Select or clear the check boxes with the network you want to enable or disable.

To change the connection order (priorities), drag the network port configurations up or down in the list.

To create alternative configurations for each connection method, use the New, Edit, Delete, and Duplicate buttons.

Click Apply Now.



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