Mac OS X Panther DHCP setup (10.3)

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This tutorial will show you how to set up a Broadband connection in OS X Tiger (10.4). These screenshots should work with DSL, Broadlink Wireless DSL, and Wireless Broadband Access, and demonstrate setting up OS X to use a DHCP connection. If you are using a Static-IP address connection, some of the settings may differ.

Note: If you previously had your Macintosh configured to automatically connect via dialup, you will want to ensure that your system is no longer set to "connect automatically when needed" ( Dialup Screenshots).

Click on the Apple menu and choose "System Preferences."

Click on the Apple menu and choose System Preferences

Click on the "Network" preference pane.

Click on the Network pane

Now switch from the "Network Status" screen to the "Built-in Ethernet" screen by choosing "Built-in Ethernet"" in the pulldown menu labeled "Show." The first thing you'll see will be the "TCP/IP" settings.

  • "Configure IPv4" should be set to "Using DHCP"
  • "IP address," "Subnet Mask," and "Router" will all be assigned dynamically using DHCP
  • "DNS Servers" should be assigned using DHCP, but can also be set manually to "" on the first line and "" on the second
  • "Search Domains" should be assigned using DHCP but can be set manually to ""
  • While offers IPv6 tunneling for Static IP address DSL customers and Co-location customers, this feature is not supported in any way, and will not at all be covered by the scope of this document.

Use the TCP/IP settings recommended above

Click on the PPPoE tab. does not use PPPoE for any service. Make sure that the "Connect using PPPoE" box is unchecked.

Make sure thaat Connect using PPPoE is unchecked

Click on the Appletalk tab. Appletalk works over your broadband connection, but use of this service is not supported by technical support. Please click the "?" button in the lower-right-hand-corner of the "Network" window for information about Appletalk.

Appletalk works with but is not supported

Click on the "Proxies" tab next. does not require any specific proxy settings.

No proxies needed.

Click on the "Ethernet" settings next. Keep this set to "Automatically" unless you want to configure the advanced ethernet settings. For more information on these settings, press the "?" button in the lower-right-hand-corner of the "Network" window.

Leave Ethernet set to Automatically or consult the help documentation

That's it, you're done! Just press "Apply Now" to save the changes you have made. For more information about Mac OS X please see the help documentation found within the help menu at the top of the screen.