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With your Mac on the World Wide Web

We'll start with the easiest way to connect your Mac to the internet: by wire.
When you connect your Mac to a modem / router by Ethernet cable, 99 out of 100 cases will immediately bring you online. Most modems issue so-called dynamic IP addresses and your Mac is set to that by default.

Internet by cable may sound a bit old-fashioned: it is still the most stable and fastest way, since everyone and their grandma now has a WiFi network.

You can find the settings here: System Preferences => Network. Select Ethernet, and choose Configure => Via DHCP

There are internet providers that work with the PPoE protocol.
To do this, choose Configure => Create PPPoE service ...

First enter a name, this may be determined by your provider. Then enter the rest of the information that you received from your provider.

NOTE: When entering your internet data, always make sure that passwords and login names are case sensitive.

Internet by wireless / Wifi
To use an encrypted network you need to know the following:
- the name of the network (or SSID code)
- the type of wireless security used (WPA or WEP)
- the password for the network (WPA or WEP key.) Many modems have this information on a sticker.

Select network and log in
Go to System Preferences => Network and select Wi-Fi.
Under Network name, select the name of the relevant network.

Then enter the details:


Note: WPA2 security is referred to here as "WPA2 - Personal".

Also possible: via the Menubar
Go to the Wifi icon in the Menu bar. Choose your network.

If your network is not listed, select 'Other'.

Advanced internet settings
Click at System Preferences => Network on Advanced to enter things like Proxy servers.

DNS servers, WiFi network speed and Mac addresses of ethernet and WiFi card can also be found here.

Problems with wireless network connection
WiFi is a radio signal. It's on the same wavelength as a microwave (don't worry; a WiFi transmitter is much weaker and won't make your water molecules vibrate).
This is also the reason that no broadcasting license is required.

Radio signals travel in a straight line from transmitter to device. If there are metal things between the WiFi modem and your device (reinforced concrete, pipes and cables, washing machines, microwaves, aquariums, USB3 Hub), the signal can be disrupted.
The neighbors can also do this, if their modem is on the same channel as yours.

- change the channel (see modem manual)
- move the modem
- use an amplifier
- pull a cable
- use your own electricity grid to build a network with Homeplug

The next chapter is:
surfing with safari

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