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  Connections - Mac OS X 10.1

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Other Connection Types:  Ethernet (LAN/Broadband) Connection | AirPort (Wireless) Connection |



Modem (Dial-up) 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 (Modem) from the Show menu.
Step 3:  Check all settings on the Tabs: TCP, PPP, Proxies, Modem.


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.

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Remove old/outdated connections: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 Modem:

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 Internet Modem.

Remove all other checkmarks, such as Built-in Ethernet or AirPort.  These are not used for a dial-up modem Internet Connection.

Click Apply Now.


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

Then select Internal Modem to return to the Tab view for the 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 PPP from the drop-down menu.
DNS Servers = and  
Search Domains  =  Can be left blank.


PPP tab:

Here you'll put in the bulk of your Internet connection information:

Service Provider  =  name of your ISP or whatever you want to call the connection.
Telephone Number  =  your Internet access number (not your telephone number).  If you need to dial a '9', enter it.  If you have call-waiting, you can disable it with '*70,'.  If you're required to use 10- or 11-digit dialing in your area, enter '1' and the area code next.  Finally, put in the Internet access number.   

Alternate Number  =  if there is an alternate Internet access number, place it here.  Follow the same rules as above.

Account Name  =  this is your username to access the Internet.  Be sure to put the (or .net) on the end of your username. Without this, you will not authenticate because you won't reach our ISP. You'll just get stuck somewhere in the public phone system.
Password  =  enter your password.  It will be encrypted so you'll only see dots.

Important:  passwords are case-sensitive.  Ensure your Caps Lock is DISabled.

Click the PPP Options button at the bottom of the screen.


PPP Options button:

Session Options  =  exactly what they say they are.  You can choose what 'options' you'd like for your connection.

Note:  Checking the first box will allow you to connect using your browser or email client.  However, the browser may time out before you actually connect.  This will result in the error 'The Page Cannot Be Displayed'.  Click 'Refresh' or 'Home' to access the home page.

Advanced Options  =  leave at their default settings.

Click the OK button to save any changes and to close the window.


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.


Modem tab:

You can configure your modem here.  Normally, you do not need to do anything on this tab.

Enable error correction and compression in modem  =  should be checked.
Sound  =  whether on or off is up to you.
Dialing  =  whether 'Tone' or 'Pulse' depends on your phone company.  Unless you have a very old phone system, you likely use 'Tone'.

Show modem status in menu bar  =  shows an icon in the menu bar to let you know you're connected.

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


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