18.3. Broadband Connections

. Broadband Connections If your Mac is connected wirelessly or, um, wirefully to a cable modem, DSL, or office network, you're one of the lucky ones. You have a high-speed broadband connection to the Internet that's always available, always on. | . Broadband Connections If your Mac is connected wirelessly or um wirefully to a cable modem DSL or office network you re one of the lucky ones. You have a high-speed broadband connection to the Internet that s always available always on. You never have to wait to dial disconnect or download. You re connected to the Net via your Mac s Ethernet jack or AirPort antenna leaving the dial-up era behind. . Automatic Configuration The real beauty of most broadband connections these days is that they require no setup whatsoever. Take a new Mac out of the box plug in the Ethernet cable to your cable modem or choose a wireless network from the menulet and you can begin surfing the Web instantly. That s because most cable modems DSL boxes and wireless base stations automatically feed all of the necessary configuration settings to the Mac including techie specs like IP address and DNS Server addresses courtesy of a glorious feature called DHCP. UP TO SPEED PPPoE and DSL If you have DSL service you may be directed create a PPPoE service. You do that on the Network pane of System Preferences click your Ethernet connection and then choose Configuration Create PPPoE Service. It stands for PPP over Ethernet meaning that although your DSL modem is connected to your Ethernet port you still have to make and break your Internet connections manually as though you had a dial-up modem. Fill in the PPPoE dialog box as directed by your ISP usually just your account name and password . From here on in you start and end your Internet connections exactly as though you had a dial-up modem. This acronym means dynamic host configuration protocol which is tech-ese for We ll fill in your Network pane of System Preferences automatically. . Manual Configuration If for some reason you re not able to surf the Web or check email the first time you try it s conceivable that your broadband modem or your office network doesn t offer DHCP. In that case you may have to fiddle with the Network

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