Internet connection help needed

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by nocturnal dark, Jul 29, 2007.

  1. nocturnal dark macrumors member

    Jul 28, 2007
    Northern Ohio Valley
    Ok, I am going to be buying a Macbook here soon. At first, I am going to be using dial up Internet then later once I move and get settled into a apt. I am going to try to get Cable or DSL Internet.

    What would I need to get so I can use dial up first? Then what would I need to get for Cable or DSL?

    If it's possible I would love to be able to have dial up without being connected to a wire, is that possible? Also can I do that with Cable or DSL too?

    I am new to all this, I currently have a eMac that basically is hooked right up to Internet with a phone line (dial up). But, since I am going with a laptop I want to be able to be anywhere in my apt. Not just at a desk like I am now.

    Make sense??:)
  2. Mac-Addict macrumors 65816


    Aug 30, 2006
    - To get dial-up on your Macbook you will need to get an Apple USB Modem from the online Apple store or instore.
    - You might be able to have wireless dial-up but it is a lot of hassle.
    - You wont need anything for Cable or DSL internet but if your DSL ISP gives you a USB modem for DSL then you will need to buy a DSL Modem or a wireless router with a DSL Modem built in or if you have Cable internet you just need a normal ethernet wireless router and the modem your Cable ISP gives you.

    If you have anymore questions or things I've missed PM me.
  3. im_to_hyper macrumors 65816


    Aug 25, 2004
    Glendale, California, USA
    If you really want to use the MacBook anywhere in the house until your DSL comes, you can set up the eMac as a "wireless hub" to share the internet, as long as it has AirPort.

    Click on System Preferences --> Sharing --> Internet (Its a tab, click that), then select "share internet connection from" and select "Internal Modem", then under "To Computers using" check the box next to airport.

    Your eMac is now a wireless router, and you can enable file sharing and have wireless dialup, as long as your eMac is connected. I don't know how it will affect the speed... but it should be good for IM at least! I've only shared a DSL connection this way, and it didn't seem like there was a loss of speed.

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