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Apple Remote Access (ARA) - Modem Connection for Mac Classic 8.5 - 9.2

Links:  New ARA connection | Edit existing ARA connection | TCP/IP settings | Get Connected | ReInstall |


Modem Overview:

Links on this page:  Opening Modem settings | Manage Configurations | Configure Modem settings |

TCP is used by any program that does anything on the internet.  TCP lets your computer programs communicate through your modem.  It is used by Internet Explorer to access websites.  It is used by Outlook Express to send and receive e-mail.  It is used by Fetch to transfer files quickly over the Internet.


Opening the Modem Settings:

There are two common ways to open the Modem settings.  The easier way is shown first.

Open Modem settings while in Remote Access (or PPP, Free PPP, etc.):

If you're already configuring Remote Access, you can open TCP easily.

With Remote Access open, click Remote Access on the toolbar, then Modem, as shown below.

                (For PPP, it would be the PPP menu rather than the Remote Access menu.)

Or, open TCP through the Control Panel:

To open TCP, click the Apple, then Control Panels, and finally TCP, as shown below.

Note:  If Modem isn't listed, it's probably not enabled in the Extensions Manager
          Click here for help.

The TCP configuration dialogue opens, as shown below.


Remove old/outdated configurations & Make yours Active:

Before taking time to check your settings, make sure you are looking at the settings for the right ISP.

With "Modem" open, click on File, then Configurations, as shown below.


The Configurations dialogue box opens, as shown below.

Delete any Modem configurations not in use.  You wouldn't want to inadvertently your old ISP's settings.  Only expert users would ever have a need for more than one modem configuration.

When you've finished, click the Done button to return to the main Modem screen, shown below.


Configure the Modem:

Here is the main Modem screen.

Click the modem drop-down menu to select the correct modem.

The internal modems are always either an Apple Internal 56k or a Global Village modem.

 It is also a good idea to turn the sound "on" for troubleshooting purposes.

Tip: Can't make changes? Fields grayed out?  You may need to be in Administrator mode. 
      Click Edit, then User Mode, then select Administrator.  Click here for screenshots.


Close the Modem panel to complete the configuration.


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