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  Connections - Mac OS X 10.1

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AirPort (Wireless) Internet Connection in Mac OS X 10.1

Links:  Location (Select/Add/Delete Connections) | Show (Change Connection Type) | Tabs (Edit Settings) |

There are 3 steps to Adding a new connection or Editing an existing connection.

Step 1:  Select (or Add) your connection from the Location menu.
Step 2:  Select the type of connection (AirPort) from the Show menu.
Step 3:  Check all settings on the Tabs: TCP, AppleTalk, Proxies, AirPort.


Opening the Network Preferences:

To access the Network settings, click Apple, then Location, then Network Preferences.


Step 1:  Location menu:

The location menu lists all connections (e.g., Home, Work, Automatic) on your computer.

The "Show" menu and "Tabs" below the Location menu apply to the selected Location.

Select your connection -or- Make a new connection:

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

By creating other "locations", you allow yourself to create other connections.  This is useful if you use HOTSPOTZZ wireless at the coffee shop, HOTSPOTZZ dial-up at home, and a regular Ethernet LAN connection at work.  You can have 3 different locations for 3 different types of connections.

Select your location (connection) by clicking the up-down arrow to the right of the Location menu.

Your selected location will have a check-mark in front of it.


Remove old/outdated connections:

Click the up-down arrow to the right of the Location menu.

Then select Edit Locations.


Delete any connection not in use.  You wouldn't want to inadvertently dial up to your old ISP.

You can have more than one connection.  There are several reasons you may want to do this:

  1. Different member 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.

Click Done when finished.


Step 2:  Show menu:

The Show menu lists Connection types (Modem, Ethernet, AirPort) for this Location/Connection.

The "Tabs" below the Show menu change depending on the connection type.

Set the Connection Type to AirPort:

Click the up-down arrow to the right of the Show menu.

Then select Active Network Ports.


There should only be a check-mark in front of AirPort.

Remove all other checkmarks, such as Internal Modem or Ethernet.  These are not used for a Wireless Hotspotzz Internet Connection.

Click Apply Now.


Click the up-down arrow to the right of the Show menu.

Then select AirPort to return to the Tab view for the wireless connection.


Step 3:  Edit the Location/Connection:

This is the third step in verifying the settings for your connection.

Select the TCP/IP tab.

Configure  =  If it's not selected, select Using DHCP from the drop-down menu.
DNS Servers209.210.176.8 and  
Search Domains  =  Can be left blank.


AppleTalk tab:

The AppleTalk tab should also be left blank, as shown below.


Proxies tab:

This is where you'll place the proxy server address and port.  The proxy is for filtering out questionable material on the Internet.  Your Internet Service Provider can provide you with the correct address and port if you wish.

The proxy address is available from your ISP support center.

Note:  If you have an Administrative account on your computer, you can lock these numbers in.  Any other account would not be able to change these settings.  This ensures safe surfing for all.

After configuring these four tabs, click Apply Now in the bottom right corner of the screen.  Close the screens.


AirPort tab:

Click on the AirPort tab and set it to Join a specific network. The AirPort card should have already found HotSpotzz and it will therefore already be in the list. If not, it can be manually added.


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