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Part 12. Creating a Home Network > Getting on the Network

Getting on the Network

Open System Preferences and click the Network button.

In the Network pane, choose New Location from the Location pop-up menu.

Enter a name for the network configuration you're about to create and click OK.

Choose Network Port Configurations from the Show pop-up menu.

INTRODUCTION

The first step to setting up a wired home network is this: Connect your computers with Ethernet cables (a regular one for newer Macs and a crossover cable for older Macs). If you have more than two computers, buy a hub and connect each computer to the hub; otherwise, connect your two Macs directly to each other.


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An Even Easier Way

If network settings completely befuddle you, try using the Network Setup Assistant to get connected. Start up System Preferences and click Network; then click Assist Me and follow the instructions.


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Looking It Up

Start up System Preferences and click Network; then choose Network Status from the Show pop-up menu. Click the Built-in Ethernet or AirPort entries in the list to see your IP address.


Check the box next to the network port you want to use (usually either Built-in Ethernet or AirPort).

Choose the active network port from the Show pop-up menu.

To turn on TCP networking, click the TCP/IP tab and make sure that Configure IPv4 is set to either Using DHCP or Manually (check with your network admin).

To share files with older Macs that can't do TCP networking, click the AppleTalk tab and check Make AppleTalk Active.


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