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Mac OS X dialp support


January 8, 2010
Effectively immediately, the dialup access numbers provided later in this page are only for example purposes only, for an internet provider that previously offered dialup. Settings offered here may pertain to other dialup providers. Point them to this page for them to be able to offer you comparable settings for help.

* Please note nameserver, phone numbers, router, and gateway are for Smart.net only, check with your ISP what these numbers are as they should be similar in structure *

These pages discuss the ability for Macintoshes to connect any System 6.0.7 through 7.5.1 system, or MacOS 7.6.1 through 9.2.2 system as well (select the link under the System or Mac OS specified. Additional Mac related sites are also on my webpage.
Below you will find the instructions for connecting Mac OS X:

This page discusses how to access PAP and non-PAP connections. Everything is the same about them except step 4.


Feel free to post any comments you have.


1. Open the Internet Connect Application, which you will find on the hard drive Mac OS X is installed on under the Applications folder.

2.

You will most likely be greeted with a small window like the one above. If you are, click on the triangle above the Connect button to get the following window:



3. Click on the Edit... button to open Network Preferences.

The examples here refer to Smart.net as this was previously a setup page I had constructed for them.

Your username and password are determined when you setup your internet provider based account, the username is your Account Name. Click Save password, unless you rather write down your password someplace safe and have to type it in each time you connect.

PAP Connection setup

4. Click on PPP options:
Disconnect if idle should be changed to 99 minutes unless you want to have to redial every 15 minutes. You may

attempt to connect automatically when starting TCP/IP applications, though not all programs support this feature. Be ready to uncheck if you


find one of your favorite programs does not. Everything else should be set as above.

* note on some modems unchecking TCP/IP header compression is recommended

5. Click on OK.


6. Now click where it says TCP/IP

Domain servers are 207.176.80.80 hit the return key and enter right below it 207.176.80.88. If you are configuring using anything. These numbers will vary by internet provider

other than PPP click on the Using button to switch to Using PPP. Also if you have an external modem, make sure that is selected above the

TCP/IP tab, and the port that is in use is selected too.

7. Now click on the modem tab.
Select the modem make from the same location as Apple Internal 56k Modem (v.90) is shown above.
If you don't find your modem listed there, and you had a working modem in Mac OS 9, you will want to go to your Mac OS 9 System Folder's Extensions Modem Scripts folder, and make a copy of the modem script that appeared in your Mac OS 9 modem control panel and edit the copy with TextWrangler.

As an example, I have put up a Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X modem script online.
With BBEdit Lite, you copy the write string from the Mac OS 9 script that works into a copy of a Mac OS X script.

The Mac OS 9 script above shows the line to copy if you find the following line:

!Copy this write over Mac OS X script write line
write "AT&F1E0W2S95=45S0=0&D3S7=60\13"
Take what is in quotes and move it into the Mac OS X script below into the field with quotes
!Replace items AT command below with AT command found in your Mac OS 9 script
!
write "AT&FE0W1&D3S7=60S0=0\13"

You can find additional AT&Fs at the Modem init string page, and modem scripts and updates on this site.
A good guide to the codes of the modem initialization strings may be found on Microsoft's support document for AT Modem Command Reference site. Be sure to end it with a \13 if it isn't already there.
Once you've modified the Mac OS X script, save it into your hard drive Library folder's Modem Scripts folder, and remove the .txt extension from the file name.


8. Back to the Internet Connect application:


Your username and phone number should now be set above after entering it in the Network preferences,

and your password will appear as dots. Click on Connect:

10

It should sit here for awhile. If you are using PAP it will eventually come here, otherwise non-PAP users should link here:


This is your indication it is connected because the Status button shows you are connected. You can hit the yellow button above (not shown

in this image as it is a screen capture and maximize it from the Dock if you ever need to disconnect. You are now ready to begin surfing and checking your e-mail.


Non-PAP connection settings

10. Click on PPP options:
Disconnect if idle should be changed to 99 minutes unless you want to have to redial every 15 minutes. You may

attempt to connect automatically when starting TCP/IP applications, though not all programs support this feature. Be ready to uncheck if you

find one of your favorite programs does not. Click on Connect using terminal window. * note on some modems unchecking TCP/IP header compression is recommended
Continue with the settings above 6 through 10 until prompted to finish non-PAP settings.
11. After it tries to Contact PPP server you will be prompted with this window. Type in your username again, at this prompt
and at the password prompt, the password again.

Following the entering of your username and password, you should get a window whose contents are the same as this except for the Settings

button and the icon and scrollbar.


Select the number 2,and hit enter, and then hit continue.

You should now be prompted with this window, and you are ready to begin surfing and checking your e-mail:

You can hit the yellow button above (not shown

in this image as it is a screen capture and maximize it from the Dock if you ever need to disconnect.