Connecting to the Net




 
 
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Mac OS X 10.2 (Jaguar) - Internet Connection 

Links:  Configure a connection | Edit an existing connection |

Related Links:  How to ping & run a traceroute | How to find your IP Address |

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

 

Getting Connected with Your Modem:

There are 3 separate ways to get connected to the Internet when using a modem on your Macintosh.

Connection Links:  Phone on Toolbar | Internet Connect icon | Connect Automatically |

 

Option 1:  Connect using the Phone on the Toolbar:

The easiest way to connect is through the Phone icon on the main Toolbar, as pictured below.

On the Toolbar, click on the Phone icon and select Connect from the menu.

 

If the Phone icon is not on the Toolbar (by default it is not), you must enable it on the Modem tab in the Network Preferences.  Do the following:

On the Toolbar, click the Apple icon and select Location -> Network Preferences.

 

The following window opens:

Select the Modem tab.

Place a check-mark next to Show menu status in menu bar (towards the bottom of the window).

 

This places the Phone icon on the main Toolbar of your Mac, facilitating the connection process. 

 

Option 2:  Connect using Internet Connect:

A second way to get connected is through the Internet Connect application.

On the Toolbar, click Go and select Applications from the menu.

 

The Applications window appears.

Double click the Internet Connect icon.

Note:  It is a good idea to drag the Internet Connect icon to your Dock.  This will make it easier to access later.

 

The Internal Modem window appears.

Configuration  =  Ensure Internal Modem is selected and that the telephone number, username, and password are correct.

Click the Connect button start your Internet session.

 

Option 3:  Connect Automatically:

Note:  This last method is not recommended.  There is a small bug that may cause the browser to time out before you actually connect.  This will result in the error 'The Page Cannot Be Displayed'.  It's easy enough to fix, but can create a bit of confusion initially.  Simply click 'Refresh' or 'Home' after the modem finishes connecting.

The following screen shots describe how to configure your Mac to connect automatically when opening Internet programs.  Do the following:

On the Toolbar, click the Apple icon and select Location -> Network Preferences from the menus.

 

The following window opens:

Select the PPP tab.  

Click the PPP Options button (bottom of the screen).

 

Session Options:

Check the option Connect automatically when needed.  This will allow you to connect using your browser or email client.

Remember:  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.

Click the OK button to save any changes and close any other open windows.

To connect, launch any Internet program to automatically dial up to the Internet (Internet explorer, Outlook Express, Mac Mail, Safari, etc).

 

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