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

Links:  Edit existing ARA connection | TCP/IP settings | Modem settingsGet Connected | ReInstall |


Make a new connection:  Apple Remote Access Overview:

Links on this page:  Opening Remote Access | Add/Delete/Activate Connections | Change UN/PW/PH# |

Remote Access is a program that allows your computer to dial-up to the Internet using a modem and a phone line.

Apple Remote Access came standard on Macs starting with version 8.5 and continuing through version 9.2.

It was possible to download older versions of ARA before 8.5, so older systems may have Remote Access installed as well.

The easiest way to create a new Remote Access connection is through the Internet Setup Assistant (ISA).


If you do not have this Assistant, you can use the "Duplicate" button within Remote Access.  This is described below.


Opening Apple Remote Access:

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

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

The Remote Access configuration dialogue opens, as shown below.


Add, Delete, and Activate connection configurations:

With Remote Access open, click on File, then Configurations, as shown below.


The Configurations dialogue box opens, as shown below.

First, delete any connection configurations not in use.  You wouldn't want to inadvertently dial up to your old ISP.

You can create more than one connection "Configuration" for Remote Access.  There are several reasons you may want to do this:

  1. Different members of the same household my be using different ISP's to connect to the Internet.

  2. Those who travel to another city often may want to add a separate configuration for each city.

To create a new connection, highlight an existing connection and click the Duplicate button.


After clicking Duplicate, a screen appears prompting you for a name for the connection.  In this example, we're setting up a separate connection for another city, so we named it "OtherCity".  Click OK when you've finished typing the name.


After clicking OK, you return to "Configurations" dialogue.  Notice the new connection named "OtherCity".

Highlight the connection and click Make Active.

You will almost surely need to make changes to the connection. 
        If it's a different city, you may need a different phone number. 
        If it's a different ISP, the username/password/ph# will likely all be different.

With "OtherCity" as the Active Configuration, you will be able to make changes to it.

To use this as your main connection, or even to make changes to it,


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


Check Username, Password, and Phone Number:

Notice across the top of the box that the name of your Active Configuration is shown in parentheses.  Since you made "OtherCity" the Active Configuration, the name of the old configuration "ISPName" is no longer listed.

Name = follows this format: with your username in place of "username" and ISP's Name in place of "".

Password = Passwords are cAsE SEnSitIvE, so ensure your Caps Lock is not on.

Number = Your ISP's local access number.  Look for the "Dial-Up Locations" link on your ISP's main web site.     
     Remember: Before you use any dial-up number for Internet access, you must contact your local telephone service provider to verify if the number in question would be a toll-charge call for you.

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.

Click the Connect button to dial up to the Internet.

Or, Click the Options button for some extra settings.  See the page on Existing connections for screenshots.


You should also check the settings in two related areas: TCP and Modems


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