Instructions DSL for home user with Apple OS
Mac OS X: Connecting to the Internet with PPPoE Many
broadband Internet service providers require you to connect via
PPPoE (Point-to-Point Protocol over Ethernet).
Follow these steps if you connect your computer directly to
a DSL or cable modem. If you have an AirPort Base Station,
follow these steps to set the computer up first, without the
base station connected to the network, then see the AirPort
section at the end of the document.
Get this information from your internet server provider
Username and password
Domain Name Server (DNS) address(es).
Tip: Your ISP may not require you to enter a DNS
server address. IHOT doesn't provide this info. It is
From the Apple menu, choose
From the View menu, choose Network.
Choose Built-in Ethernet from the Show pop-up menu (the
"Configure" pop-up menu prior to Mac OS X 10.1).
Click the PPPoE tab.
Select the check box for "Connect using PPPoE."
Type your username in the Account Name field. Type your
password in the Password field. If you want all users of this
computer to use the same connection method, select the check
box for "Save password."
Tip: To have the computer automatically connect whenever you
open a network application (Web browser, email, and so forth),
click PPPoE Options and select the "Connect automatically when
needed" check box.
Click the TCP/IP
Choose either PPP or Manually from the Configure pop-up
menu, as instructed by your Internet service provider. Choose
Manually if your ISP gave you a static IP address. Enter the
static IP address in the IP address field.
Type the Domain Name Server addresses in the matching
Click Apply Now.
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Open a Web browser or other Internet (TCP/IP) application to
verify your connection.
Tip: If you did not check the option to automatically
connect noted in step 8, you will need to first open the
Internet Connect application, choose the correct configuration,
then click Connect. Choose Internet Connect Help from the Help
menu for additional information.
Additional steps for
Open a Web browser to make sure the computer connects to the
After the computer successfully connects to the Internet,
physically connect the base station to the network.
Unplug the DSL or cable modem's power cord for a few
seconds, then plug it back in.
Use the AirPort Setup Assistant (/Applications/Utilities/)
to copy the computer's settings to the base station. If you
selected the option for "Connect automatically when needed"
(step 8 above), open Network preferences after using the
AirPort Setup Assistant and de-select this setting for your
computer's Built-in Ethernet port. This prevents the issue
described in AirPort: Can connect to base station but not to
Internet when using PPPoE.
If you're troubleshooting a base station, see the AirPort