Apple Mac OS X: Dial-up connection

Published 13/04/2005 16:31   |    Updated 15/02/2008 18:16
How do I configure my Apple Mac with OS X to connect to a dial-up connection?
  1. Open Network Preferences

    Click on the Apple Menu and select System Preferences...

  2. Click on the Network globe.

  3. Unlock Network Preferences

    If you find Network settings are greyed out, click on the lock icon in the lower left corner. If not, move to the next step.

    Enter the administrator name and password for the computer. You will have chosen this when initially setting up your Mac.

  4. Set up PPP

    Click on the PPP button.
    Click on the Show pull-down menu and select Internal Modem.
    Enter the following information:

    • Service Provider: BT Ireland Internet.
    • Account Name: Type in your username.
    • Password: Type in the password you chose when you registered your BT Ireland or IOL account.
      You will not be able to see the letters as you type so type carefully and remember that your password is case sensitive.
    • Telephone Number: Enter the access number required to connect to the internet provided by BT Ireland or IOL.
      Note: If you withhold your telephone number, put 1470 before the number. If you are not sure, try calling a mobile telephone from your landline as a test. If your number shows in the mobile's display it is not withheld.

  5. Set up TCP/IP

    Click on the TCP/IP button.
    Select Using PPP from the 'Configure IPv4:' pull-down menu.
    Leave the other fields empty.

  6. Set up Modem

    Click on the Modem button.
    Choose the modem from the pull-down list of modems. In most cases this will be Apple Internal 56k Modem (v.90).
    Select Enable error correction and compression in modem.
    Select Wait for dial tone before dialling.
    Select Show modem status in menu bar.
    Finally, click the Apply Now button in the lower right hand corner.
    Quit System Preferences by pressing Apple and Q simultaneously on your keyboard or by clicking on the red button at the top left of the window.

  7. Connect to the Internet

    You are now ready to connect to the Internet.
    Click on the telephone symbol in the menu bar (found in the top right hand corner of the screen) and select Connect.
    Note: if you cannot see the telephone symbol try clicking on the Mac face on the far left of the Dock.

    When a successful connection is made, the phone icon will change to show that the Mac is online and a timer showing time elapsed will appear. You can now open a web browser like Internet Explorer or Safari to view web pages.

  8. Disconnect from the Internet

    To disconnect, click on the phone icon again and select Disconnect.

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