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How to Set Up a Dial-Up Internet Connection in Mac OS X Snow Leopard

When you sign up for Internet access, your ISP sends you the settings that you need to connect to the Internet. After you get them in Mac OS X Snow Leopard, you should be surfing the Web like an old pro.

Before you jump into this configuration, make sure that you’ve configured the Internet settings within System Preferences. That way, you’ll already have entered your default e-mail and Web settings. You’ll also need to be logged in using an Administrator account.

Follow these steps to set up your Internet connection if you’re using your Mac’s internal modem or an external USB modem:

  1. Click the System Preferences icon in the Dock and choose Network.

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  2. Select Internal Modem or External modem from the list at the left side of the pane.

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  3. Enter the settings for the type of connection that your ISP provides:

    • If your ISP tells you to use PPP (Point-to-Point Protocol): Click the Configure IPv4 pop-up menu and choose Using PPP. If your ISP provided you with DNS Server or Search Domain addresses, type them now in the corresponding boxes.

    • If you’re using AOL: Click the Configure IPv4 pop-up menu and choose AOL Dialup. If AOL provided you with DNS Server or Search Domain addresses, click in the corresponding boxes and type them now.

    • If you’re using a manual connection: Click the Configure IPv4 pop-up menu and choose Manually. Then click in the IP Address, DNS Servers, and Search Domains fields and enter the respective settings provided by your ISP.

  4. If you need to enter PPP settings, click the Advanced button.

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  5. In their respective fields, enter the account name, password, telephone number, and (optionally) the service provider name and an alternative telephone number provided by your ISP.

    To automate your dial-up connection (allowing Snow Leopard to call your ISP whenever your system needs the Internet), click the Connect Automatically When Needed check box to enable it.

  6. Press Command+Q to exit System Preferences and save your changes.

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