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Free PPP 2.5.2 - Dial-up Connection For Mac Classic 7.1 - 7.5+

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TCP Overview:

Links on this page:  Open TCP | Manage Configurations | Check TCP 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.

Important:  On Mac OS 7.1 - 7.6, you may have a program called "MacTCP" which does the exact same thing as TCP/IP, yet looks very different. MacTCP is very old and doesn't work very well. TCP/IP is on most Macs that still work. Your ISP's installation CD will probably install TCP/IP 1.1.1 or better if you need it. For this reason, we have only included instructions for TCP/IP and not for MacTCP. 


Opening TCP:

There are two common ways to open TCP.  The easier way is shown first.

Open TCP while in FreePPP:

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

With FreePPP open, select the General tab, then click the Open TCP/IP button, as shown below.

Or, open TCP through the Control Panel:

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

Note:  If TCPs 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Remove old/outdated configurations & Make yours Active: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 TCP open, click on File, then Configurations, as shown below.


The Configurations dialogue box opens, as shown below.

First, delete any TCP configurations not in use.  You wouldn't want to inadvertently your old ISP's settings.

You can have more than one TCP "Configuration" for FreePPP.  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. You use your laptop at work on an Ethernet LAN and at home on a Modem PPP Dialup.

In both cases, you would need to come to this screen to Make Active whichever TCP Configuration you require at the moment.

If you use your computer strictly for modem dial-up access, delete all the other configurations, leaving only one.

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


Configure TCP for dial-up:

Here is the main screen of TCP.

Notice across the top that the name of your Active Configuration is shown in parentheses.  If you had made "OtherCity" the Active Configuration, then (OtherCity) would be listed in place of (ISPName).


The two fields at the top determine how TCP acts on your computer.

Connect via = Choose FreePPP for a dial-up modem connection.  This makes TCP work with FreePPP.

Configure = Choose Using PPP Server for a dial-up modem connection.  This makes TCP work with FreePPP.

Name server addr = and


Click the Options button for some extra settings.

There should be a dot in front of Active, and a checkmark for Load only when needed.

Click OK when you've finished.

Then close TCP to complete the configuration.


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