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Chapter 16. The Internet > Configuring the Mac for the Internet

Configuring the Mac for the Internet

The previous section provided background information about how network connection actually work, how different protocols and protocol layers combine to support high-level communications. Understanding the organization and interaction of various networking protocols is only interesting to some, but getting and staying connected to the Internet or any TCP/IP or AppleTalk network is important to every Mac user.

This section explains how to use the Mac OS X Network pane in System Preferences to get your Mac on a network, regardless of the type of connection. It also explains how to use System Preferences’ Internet pane to set up and configure various aspects of your Internet connectivity, such as creating an iTools account, and defining and configuring your default e-mail, Web browser, and Internet News reader. Most Mac OS X applications consult your centralized Internet preferences to get this information from a single source—just one more example of Mac OS X doing the right thing for you!


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