Hooking Macbook up to cable internet directly?

reubs

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Jun 22, 2006
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So I'm at the in-laws this week, and they've got a PC with cable internet. I tried unplugging the cable from the tower and hooking it into my macbook, but no luck.

Am I doing something wrong? Any ideas?

Thanks for the help!
 

Nermal

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I don't know how cable works, but I'm assuming that it's similar to DSL. Is there an Ethernet cable from the modem to the computer? If your Mac is set to obtain addresses automatically (DHCP) then it should work without any problems. If it's USB then you may need to use some sort of connection software (PPPoA?). I'm sure someone else will be able to help a bit more :)
 

ChickenSwartz

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Jul 27, 2006
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At my house you have to "reset" the cable modem when you switch machines. Do this by unpluging power cable, wait a minute, then plug in.
 

extraextra

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Hm, I have a DSL modem and I can unplug it and hook it up to any computer without problems.

The box should have a "reset" button on it, that might work. Or you might have to change the internet settings on your Macbook.
 

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