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Connecting to wired network

From: Computer Literacy for the Mac

Video: Connecting to wired network

In this video, we are going to look at how to connect your Mac to a network via a wired Ethernet connection. Now this assumes that your network has already been set up in your home, office, or classroom. If you are connecting to your home network, you are most likely just going to run an Ethernet cable from your Mac directly into your router. If you are connecting in an office or classroom environment, chances are you will be running an Ethernet cable from your Mac into an Ethernet port in the wall, or some other fixture, which in turn connects to your network. In any case, the important thing is that you have to have a cable running from whatever the source of your network connection is into the Ethernet port on your Mac.

Connecting to wired network

In this video, we are going to look at how to connect your Mac to a network via a wired Ethernet connection. Now this assumes that your network has already been set up in your home, office, or classroom. If you are connecting to your home network, you are most likely just going to run an Ethernet cable from your Mac directly into your router. If you are connecting in an office or classroom environment, chances are you will be running an Ethernet cable from your Mac into an Ethernet port in the wall, or some other fixture, which in turn connects to your network. In any case, the important thing is that you have to have a cable running from whatever the source of your network connection is into the Ethernet port on your Mac.

All Macs, with the exception of the MacBook Air, have Ethernet ports. Once you have your Mac connected to your network via Ethernet, chances are you are already on your network, and your so-called setup is done. You should be able to connect to other computers on your network, as well as the Internet, if Internet service is connected to your router, but let's take a look at some settings. Go to the Apple menu and open System Preferences, and then click Network, and here I can see I already have a green light next to Ethernet, telling me I am connected to my network. To the right, I can see my Network Settings, and I want to draw your attention to the menu labeled Configure IPv4.

Notice that this menu is currently set to Using DHCP. DHCP is the most common setting for connecting a computer to a home or office network. The D in DHCP stands for Dynamic, and it means that you are going to let the router assign an IP, or Internet Protocol address, to your computer. Each computer or device on your network has its own unique address, kind of like how every house in your neighborhood has its own unique address. That way, the router knows which computer is which, and is able to send and receive data to and from the right computers. You do have other options in this menu, such as Manually or BootP, but again the most common configuration, by far, is going to be Using DHCP.

If you need to select another setting, you are most likely be informed of this by your network administrator, who will probably set it up for you too. So the address of my computer has been assigned in this case is 10.1.10.182. Generally, all the devices on your network will have the same first three numbers; in this case, 10.1.10, and the last number, 182 in this case, will be the unique identifier for each computer. In most cases, you are not going to need to know your computer's IP address, but just in case you ever do need it, this is where you will find it. You will even have less need to know any of the other information here, like the Subnet Mask or the Router Address, but you can see that the Router Address also starts with 10.1.10 in this case.

But again, all this information is found in this one location if you ever do need it. Really though, all you need to know in the majority of cases is to set your configuration menu to using DHCP, which is the default anyway. So once you plug your Ethernet cable into your Mac, you should immediately be connected to your network.

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Computer Literacy for the Mac

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  1. 2m 49s
    1. Welcome
      1m 9s
    2. Using the assessment files
      1m 7s
    3. Using the exercise files
      33s
  2. 9m 51s
    1. What's a computer?
      1m 49s
    2. What's inside a computer?
      2m 46s
    3. Laptop vs. desktop computers
      1m 59s
    4. Special considerations when using a laptop
      3m 17s
  3. 20m 58s
    1. Understanding the operating system
      3m 3s
    2. Understanding files, folders, and directories
      4m 49s
    3. Understanding your home folder (your user folder)
      5m 21s
    4. Using your desktop
      3m 11s
    5. Taking out the trash (recycle bin)
      2m 21s
    6. The right click
      2m 13s
  4. 24m 8s
    1. Understanding applications
      4m 24s
    2. Opening and saving files
      4m 10s
    3. Choosing the right tool
      4m 44s
    4. How to learn any application
      3m 53s
    5. Five things that work in all applications
      6m 57s
  5. 36m 22s
    1. Understanding computer ports
      2m 59s
    2. Setting up a printer
      3m 7s
    3. Printing your documents
      4m 30s
    4. Setting up a scanner
      2m 27s
    5. Scanning a document
      6m 15s
    6. Setting up a projector or second monitor
      5m 56s
    7. Using a projector
      3m 43s
    8. Portable storage devices
      3m 53s
    9. Pairing with Bluetooth devices
      3m 32s
  6. 17m 27s
    1. Understanding networks and internet access
      2m 58s
    2. Connecting to wired network
      2m 36s
    3. Connecting to wireless networks
      4m 4s
    4. Working in a networked environment
      6m 15s
    5. Staying protected from viruses
      1m 34s
  7. 19m 31s
    1. Understanding email servers and clients
      2m 11s
    2. Setting up your email application
      4m 15s
    3. Receiving and reading email
      2m 21s
    4. Composing new email messages
      5m 52s
    5. Reply vs. Reply All
      2m 11s
    6. Dealing with spam
      2m 41s
  8. 8m 24s
    1. Understanding search engines
      1m 24s
    2. Conducting basic searches
      3m 51s
    3. Conducting advanced searches
      3m 9s
  9. 24m 21s
    1. Using word processors
      4m 22s
    2. Formatting text
      7m 7s
    3. Using spreadsheets
      3m 36s
    4. Creating a simple data table
      7m 37s
    5. Formatting a data table
      1m 39s
  10. 18m 53s
    1. Importing images from a digital camera
      4m 46s
    2. Storing and organizing digital images
      5m 11s
    3. Basic image manipulation
      4m 10s
    4. Tagging images
      2m 32s
    5. Sharing images
      2m 14s
  11. 10m 52s
    1. Common obstacles in sharing files
      1m 37s
    2. Creating PDFs for document sharing
      5m 35s
    3. Compressing files
      3m 40s
  12. 1m 3s
    1. What's next?
      1m 3s

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