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Getting on the internet

From: Mac OS X Lion Essential Training

Video: Getting on the internet

Let's take a look at the Network system preference, and here it is down in the Internet & Wireless area. There is awfully good chance that if you're watching this movie, you're already connected to the Internet, because after all you're streaming the movie via lynda.com. So I don't need to show you how to get connected to the Internet, but there are some things in the Network system preference that you should pay attention to. Start looking at the left column and here you're going to see the kind of ways you can connect to the Internet. We've got Ethernet, Wi-Fi, and FireWire. If you see a green button next to something, that means that that Internet connection is connected and you've got a good connection. So we'll look at Ethernet. Along the right side, you see how you configured to the Internet and that can be Using DHCP.

Getting on the internet

Let's take a look at the Network system preference, and here it is down in the Internet & Wireless area. There is awfully good chance that if you're watching this movie, you're already connected to the Internet, because after all you're streaming the movie via lynda.com. So I don't need to show you how to get connected to the Internet, but there are some things in the Network system preference that you should pay attention to. Start looking at the left column and here you're going to see the kind of ways you can connect to the Internet. We've got Ethernet, Wi-Fi, and FireWire. If you see a green button next to something, that means that that Internet connection is connected and you've got a good connection. So we'll look at Ethernet. Along the right side, you see how you configured to the Internet and that can be Using DHCP.

You can also use DHCP with a manual address where you are going to enter the address. BootP, we're not going to worry about that, and then Manually. If you signed up with an Internet service provider and you have a static IP, which means you have an address that's only yours, that's not being shared, you would select Manually and then within these fields you would enter the information that you have from your ISP, which includes your IP address, the subnet mask, and the router address. We don't, however. We're being assigned via DHCP. I select that, I'll click Apply and then the address appears. Next is Wi-Fi. In this area you can turn Wi-Fi on or off if you choose.

You can also choose the network name that you're connected to. Now by default, here I'm connected to a network called Guest, but if I click on this menu, I see other Wi-Fi hotspots within the neighborhood that I could connect to. If you see a lock icon next to one of these networks, it indicates that that network is password protected. You're going to need to know the password to get onto that network. There is also another option that says Join Other Network. You can select that one. You need to know the name of the network. It's not being broadcast publicly, but instead you have to enter it.

So for example, if I have a private network called Chris's Network, you would have to enter Chris's Network there. Then you have to know the kind of security that that network is protected by and these are various security schemes. There is WEP, WPA. This is more than we need to get into here. I'll cancel that. Either one of these cases, you can click an Advanced button and there's a lot of stuff in the Advanced button which is more advanced than we need to speak about right here. However, I do want to point you to the TCP/IP tab.

If you're getting an address over DHCP, which is the way most of us get our addresses, every so often things can get a little confused, that your IP address somehow gets scrambled or you've lost the connection to your Internet provider because the IP address is wrong. What you can do in this case is click the Renew DHCP Lease button, and it goes out checks with your router and it assigns you an address. This maybe the same address you had before or it may assign you a new address. For example, if another device is latched onto that old address and that's why you're not able to get through. We'll cancel out of that and there we are. You can also connect via FireWire. We're not going to do that. That's a very unusual way to connect and often times that's a connection between one computer and another. You'll connect to FireWire cable to your laptop, the other end of it may go to your desktop Mac, for example, and then you can network between the two, but that's not something that we're going to look at. And finally, at the bottom of these windows, you can show Wi-Fi status in menu bar if you like. Click that on. When you click on that, it will search for networks and then it will call up any network that's within range of you. Again, if you see the Lock icon you're going to need to know what the password is for that network. And that's a look at the Network system preference.

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Mac OS X Lion Essential Training

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  1. 1m 26s
    1. Welcome
      53s
    2. Using the exercise files
      33s
  2. 4m 42s
    1. Installing Lion
      4m 42s
  3. 44m 44s
    1. Touring the Finder
      10m 19s
    2. Launching and working with apps
      4m 22s
    3. Sorting and starting apps with Launchpad
      3m 13s
    4. Organizing workspaces with Mission Control
      4m 35s
    5. Using trackpad gestures
      8m 22s
    6. Using mouse gestures
      2m 22s
    7. Understanding file saving in Lion
      4m 35s
    8. Using Text to Speech
      3m 9s
    9. Installing software
      3m 47s
  4. 26m 51s
    1. Personalizing the interface
      7m 31s
    2. Staying current with Software Update
      4m 13s
    3. Configuring Mail, Address Book, and iCal
      5m 2s
    4. Setting up printers
      3m 39s
    5. Backing up with Time Machine
      6m 26s
  5. 10m 49s
    1. Finding files with Spotlight
      5m 16s
    2. Digging deeper with Finder searches
      5m 33s
  6. 39m 6s
    1. Configuring basic personal preferences
      11m 14s
    2. Optimizing Mission Control preferences
      3m 42s
    3. Configuring basic Audio and Video preferences
      4m 34s
    4. Adjusting Input Device preferences
      7m 45s
    5. Configuring Bluetooth input devices
      2m 36s
    6. Modifying Date & Time Preferences
      2m 38s
    7. Getting on the internet
      3m 56s
    8. Using an alternate startup disk
      2m 41s
  7. 3m 22s
    1. Understanding Dashboard widgets
      3m 22s
  8. 23m 20s
    1. Navigating the interface
      6m 30s
    2. Filtering junk mail and sorting messages with rules
      4m 22s
    3. Scheduling appointments with iCal
      6m 38s
    4. Organizing contacts with Address Book
      5m 50s
  9. 37m 5s
    1. Basic word processing in TextEdit
      7m 56s
    2. Using Dictionary
      2m 51s
    3. Preview: Working with images
      6m 20s
    4. Preview: Working with PDFs
      6m 13s
    5. Installing and managing fonts
      5m 37s
    6. Creating quick notes using Stickies
      3m 24s
    7. Using Calculator
      4m 44s
  10. 34m 27s
    1. Navigating the web
      4m 49s
    2. Working with bookmarks
      7m 15s
    3. Adding and reading RSS feeds
      2m 38s
    4. Using Reading List
      3m 7s
    5. Saving web pages and creating web clips
      1m 15s
    6. Using Safari to search the web
      3m 13s
    7. Opening local files in Safari
      2m 33s
    8. Working with Safari's preferences
      4m 33s
    9. Configuring privacy settings
      5m 4s
  11. 13m 45s
    1. Playing media
      9m 3s
    2. Recording
      4m 42s
  12. 18m 26s
    1. Video chatting in FaceTime
      5m 26s
    2. Text and video messaging in iChat
      9m 6s
    3. Shooting videos and pictures in Photo Booth
      3m 54s
  13. 12m 46s
    1. Automating complex tasks
      12m 46s
  14. 13m 55s
    1. Monitoring system performance
      3m 20s
    2. Setting up a Windows installation in Boot Camp
      3m 49s
    3. Formatting, partitioning, and repairing storage devices
      6m 46s
  15. 15m 55s
    1. Understanding sharing
      4m 59s
    2. Sharing files on a network
      3m 23s
    3. Screen sharing with a remote computer
      4m 7s
    4. Sending files with AirDrop
      3m 26s
  16. 38m 47s
    1. Modifying Language & Text settings
      6m 38s
    2. Optimizing Security & Privacy settings
      6m 24s
    3. Configuring access for for the disabled
      7m 23s
    4. Using Energy Saver
      4m 42s
    5. Adding and changing users
      6m 19s
    6. Configuring Parental Controls
      7m 21s
  17. 18m 33s
    1. Preventive measures: Creating a Lion boot drive
      7m 40s
    2. Understanding and configuring permissions
      3m 6s
    3. Troubleshooting techniques
      7m 47s
  18. 6m 11s
    1. Techniques for using the Mac efficiently
      5m 22s
    2. Next steps
      49s

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