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Networking Questions and Answers - Connecting a Mac to a DSL Modem

Carolyn writes in with a networking question:
Question:
My Son has an Apple ibook that shows Mac OS X 10.1.5 and We Would Like To Know If It Can Be Connected To The Internet Using The Provider For My System Which Is A Windows XP? We Are Both Newbies.

Answer: Yes your Macintosh can use the same internet connection that your Windows PC uses. The internet uses the TCP/IP protocol to communicate which is supported by just about every operating system. If you are using DSL or cable for your internet connection and have a DSL/cable router then you should be good to go. Just plug a network (Ethernet) cable from the router into your Mac or you can connect wirelessly if your Mac has the capabilities. Just make sure that your Macintosh is set to use DHCP which will get its IP address from the router. This can be checked from your control panel and network settings. It is most likely setup correctly from the factory.
 
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