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Part 8. Getting Online > Setting Up Your Connection

Setting Up Your Connection

Choose Apple menu, System Preferences.

Click the Network icon to see your connection settings and choose your connection type from the Show pop-up menu.

Click the TCP/IP tab if it's not visible.

Choose your ISP's configuration method from the Configure IPv4 pop-up menu: usually Using PPP for phone modems, Manually for LAN connections, or Using DHCP for cable and DSL modems.


To set up your Internet connection, you'll need to find out a few things from your Internet service provider (ISP): your login name and password, possibly the ISP's DNS server addresses, and definitely the preferred configuration method.


Talk to Me

The Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) is the language in which your Mac communicates with the other computers on the Internet. The choices in the Configure IPv4 menu are different ways of setting up a TCP/IP connection. PPP (Point-to-Point Protocol) is used for phone line connections, and DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) is used for broadband connections and internal networks. With DHCP, your ISP's server makes most of your TCP/IP settings for you. If your ISP doesn't use DHCP, you need to make those settings manually.

If your configuration method is Manually, enter your IP address, the subnet mask, and the router address for your network.

Enter your ISP's DNS server in the DNS Servers field.

If your configuration method is Using DHCP and your ISP requires it, enter your DHCP Client ID.


Getting Help When You Need It

If any of these settings don't make sense to you, get in touch with your ISP's tech support people. It's their job to help you make the connection, so stick with it until you have what you need.


Don't Worry, Be Happy

You might notice different tabs in the Network preferences pane as you switch interfaces, but don't worry—that's normal. For example, when you're configuring Ethernet, you see a PPPoE pane that doesn't appear when you're configuring a phone modem because phone modem connections don't use PPPoE.

If you have DSL and your ISP uses PPPoE, click PPPoE, choose Connect using PPPoE, and enter your account name and password.

If you're connecting via phone modem using PPP, click PPP and enter your account name, password, and your ISP's dial-up access number.

Click Apply Now.



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