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  Connections - Mac OS X 10.2 (Jaguar)

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Other Connection Types:  Modem (Dial-Up) Connection | AirPort (Wireless) Connection |


Ethernet/LAN Internet Connection in Mac OS X 10.2 (Jaguar)

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 Broadband connection (Ethernet) from the Show menu.
Step 3:  Check all settings on the Tabs: TCP, PPPoE, AppleTalk, Proxies.


Opening the Network Preferences:

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


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Remove old/outdated connections: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 Ethernet:

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

Then select Network Port Configurations.


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

Remove all other checkmarks, such as Internal Modem or AirPort.  These are not used for an Ethernet Internet Connection.

Click Apply Now.


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

Then select Built-in Ethernet 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 DHCP from the drop-down menu.
DNS Servers = and  
Search Domains  =  Can be left blank.


PPPoE tab:

The PPPoE tab should be blank, as shown below.


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.


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