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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.* This page is now in archival state. Low End Mac and Macintosh Garden are sources where I will offer additional support from if enquired about older Macs *
Last Update: January 8, 2010
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Macs of the following models are supported on any dialup internet provider that supports TCP/IP using software and links for setup are given under each processor type:
68000, 68020, 68030, 680LC40, 68040, PowerPC 601, 603, 603e, 604, 604e (PowerMac/Powerbook/Performa 1400 to 9600 models), G3s, G4s (iBooks, iMacs, Cubes):
1. A 68000 Mac
(MacPlus, Mac Classic, Powerbook 100, Mac SE, Macintosh Portable, Mac 512ke with System 6.0 or later ..specs are for Zterm alone, other programs may have other specs)
A few terminal emulators that have come with Mac modems:
Hayes Smartcom, White Pine, Versaterm (None of these terminal emulators to the left have support, download, or purchasing pages that can be found, please sign the guestbook if you know an address for these),
U.S. Robotics (software now owned by Smith Micro) MacComcenter, or Zterm
The e-mail and shell accounts work with this configuration, whereas if you have a newer Mac
with one of the configurations listed below you can use any of our account types
2. A 68020 - 68040 Mac
(The Mac II series, Mac LC series, Classic II, SE/30, Color Classic, Performa 200 and above, Centris, Quadra and Powerbook models 140 and above).
10MB of RAM minimum for web browsing.
System 7.0 - 7.5.1 No RAM Doubler, No RAM Charger, and no Virtual Memory (the latter is set in the Memory control panel)
Download MacPPP and MacTCP
if you don't already have Internet Valet, or FreePPP, you should download MacTCP and MacPPP here: MacTCP 2.0.6 and MacPPP 2.0.1 bundled, and
MacPPP. After downloading, take with a floppy to the Mac
needing internet connectivity, and expand both items with Stuffit Expander. Getting
Stuffit Expander is the tricky part. Someone at Low End Mac
might be able to help. Stuffit Expander comes on newer versions of
Apple's operating system, but as luck would have it, nothing newer than 7.6 will run on a 68030 Mac if you have
enough RAM. Once you expand both with Stuffit Expander, follow these directions
Installing MacTCP 2.0.6 and MacPPP 2.0.1
(The Internet Valet software supplied to our customers previously should also work in lieux of MacTCP and MacPPP).
FreePPP is not recommended, because it doesn't work on every machine, though some people may not have trouble with it at all. It should not be installed on the same machine another PPP software is used
Eudora Lite 1.5.4
Note, for those of you with Systems 7.5.2 through 7.5.5 It is highly recommended you upgrade to
Systems 7.6, or if you have a Mac model that originally came with 7.5.1 or earlier to use any System
7.5.1 or earlier.
For those who can not afford a new system, and are stuck with free
Upgrades, 7.5.5 may not be 100% stable, but at least it will work with OpenTransport, and OpenTransport/PPP
which works with System 7.6. The only problems you may face are Java errors in the web browser
and Type 10 or Type 11 errors while web browsing. Either way, I highly recommend turning off Java
3. A PowerPC Mac
(All 1000 through 9600 series Macs have PowerPC processors, and the iMac, iBook are G3 and G4 PowerPC processors,
other G3 and G4 processor Macs clearly indicate that in their name)
* For those with a G3 or higher you can upgrade to (or already have) Mac OS X, and get connectivity support on my Mac OS X dialup page If you haven't upgraded yet, please read the following system requirements:
* System 7.6 or higher (click asterisk if you have a Performa/PowerMac 5300, 5400, 6200, 6300) or later
24MB of RAM (32MB of RAM for Netscape 4.0 and higher)
OpenTransport - part of Mac OS 7.6 and higher
PPP and Modem control panels. Mac OS 8.1 on iMacs and later on other Macs the PPP control panel became the Remote Access control panel
NOTE: MACTCP does not work on a machine with OpenTransport
No RAM Doubler, No RAM Charger, and no Virtual Memory (the latter is set in the Memory control panel) should be on the machine.
For configuration of this type of system select the OpenTransport setup page.
A few PowerMacs may already have the dialer called FreePPP installed.
If you installed this by accident, or was given it as part of your computer (use the File File command to see if it is there),
then select the FreePPP setup page
* Some early PowerPC Macs are able to use the second configuration with MacTCP and MacPPP,
but with modern Net browsing and e-mailing software on top of System 7.5.1. If your older PowerPC Mac came with
System 7.5.1 it can do this. If you are unsure which System was the minimum system visit * requires frames and image capable browser *
If you clicked on the link of MacTCP 2.0.6
and MacPPP 2.0.1 above then this is where you'd be. If you don't have either MacTCP or MacPPP
please sign the guestbook .
If you have installed InterPPP from Internet Valet, and it isn't working properly,
remove the InterPPP files from your System Folder
Control Panels folder, and Extensions folder, and delete them.
If it is working properly, there is no reason why you should continue reading this page,
unless you get another older Mac with an older operating system that doesn't work with
InterPPP or OpenTransport.
To install MacPPP and MacTCP, put restart the Mac with extensions off (holding the SHIFT key on startup till it indicates extensions have been disabled), Place Config PPP and MacTCP in the startup hard disk's System Folder's Control Panel's folder, and PPP in the Extensions folder inside the System Folder.
After finishing with this, reboot the Mac. Open the Config PPP control panel from the System Folder's Control Panels folder:
(you can also reach it if there is a control panels listed in your Apple menu).
Select the port, the modem port is the one with the telephone handset picture next to it.
Also select the modem port if your Mac has an internal modem. Note: never hit the Soft Close button when you are online! Clicking on PPP server reveals that you can create new settings for different accounts.
Now click on "Config PPP..." button
Port speed is the speed of your modem. 56k modems are 57,600, 28.8k modems are 28800, etc... Leave flow control alone. K stands for
Now click on Authentication.
Your Auth. ID: is simply your username as decided by you and your dialup internet provider. Password is the password determined by you and your dialup internet provider.
Password will disappear into asterisks as you type, encrypting the information.
Don't worry about the gray buttons not appearing in your machine
as gray. This only happens in newer versions of the operating system. You are now finished with MacPPP setup. Click on OK, and Click on the done in the window that follows. It will be this window
That you will become very familiar with, as this is where you will start and end your connection.
Don't do it yet, but the Open button will start the connection, the Hard close button will end it.
The New button allows you to create a setup for another phone number, if you want to keep
all the phone numbers in the Config PPP preferences. But you will have to configure it each time with the Config... button as mentioned above.
Now open from the System Folder's Control Panels folder MacTCP.
An icon for PPP should be in the top of the window. Hilight it.
Now click More...
Set Obtain Address to manually Change routing information gateway address to: 0.0.0.0
Make sure Class A is set. Insert Domain Name Server information as shown above. Domain will look like dns1.smart.net The IP address to the right of it should be set something like 184.108.40.206.
Select it as the Default.
The row that follows it should have a . (Period punctuation symbol) in the Domain column, and IP as 220.127.116.11.
The row that follows it should be left blank both in IP and domain.
Set Obtain Address to
Click OK, and close MacTCP. Reboot the machine from the Special menu, Restart item. You should now be set to starting your internet connection from the Config PPP control panel. If it doesn't work, and you have tried both PAP and connect script setups, please sign the guestbook
The following setup is only for non-Smart.net providers who don't have PAP connectivity
Let's reopen the Config PPP control panel:
X in the terminal window
and Open your connection.
Type in: +++AT&F
ATDT telephone number of PPP line
Write down the prompts the computer gives you, including any colons, greater thans etc...
The Connect AT 14400, 28800, 57600 does not count as a prompt. Nor do the LAP V.42bis
outputs count as a prompt.
The first one is usually for your username, and follow each step, writing down each
step you go through to connect up to PPP. The prompt is usually the last 4 characters before the place you put in your input.
Once you have successfuly connected Hard close your connection.
Uncheck the terminal window option. Select Config... Select authentication
remove the contents of the Auth. ID and Password fields, and click on OK and go to the Connect Script button...
Substitute the values shown in this image with those you received from your Terminal Window.
If additional prompts came up after entering your password, be sure to enter those as Wait lines with no carriage return (<CR>) and to enter a carriage return after your input on lines with the Out button filled in.
Click OK, and click on Done.
If you haven't yet configured MacTCP, visit this link .
M acintoshes model 5200, 5300, and 6200, and 6300 in some cases fall between the cracks of what constitutes a PowerPC Mac. To determine if your Mac is among them, please download the 5xxx/6xxx readme & tester files. If the Mac fails the test, Mac OS 7.6 and OpenTransport can't be installed on the machine. However, MacTCP and MacPPP will still work if you remove OpenTransport files from your Hard Drive's System Folder Extensions folder, and the TCP/IP control panel and PPP control panel from the System Folder's Control Panel's folder.