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sean
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 24, 05 8:21 am    Post subject: Broadband....  Reply with quote    

When my Mac finally arrives (still in Luxembourg at the moment), what info am I going to need to hook it up to my broadband connection?

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 24, 05 8:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Personally I would use a B/band router/firewall box. You can then connect the Mac to the router via a Ethernet cable. Does the Mac have a LAN port?

I suggest the b/band router/firewall rather than a modem as it's only 10-20 more but the tests I've done on my router/firewall have proved it's difficult th hack.

Makes I'm not sure about as I've only used one that my provider uses. It makes the support easier but it was expensive.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 24, 05 9:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Stiicking a hardware router between you and the net, cuts you off from most the nasties, of course though they would not infect a Mac anyway

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 24, 05 9:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I read an article on Linux saying that, even though they can be easily hacked, a linux box and a XP box connected to the internet and the XP box was hacked in minutes and Linux hacked in about 3 months! No Mac info...

I'd also only use a wired router, not a wireless one.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 24, 05 10:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Treacodactyl wrote:
I read an article on Linux saying that, even though they can be easily hacked, a linux box and a XP box connected to the internet and the XP box was hacked in minutes and Linux hacked in about 3 months! No Mac info...

I'd also only use a wired router, not a wireless one.


It seems to me, that if you are able to run the wires without a lot of problems, then wire is more secure, faster and more reliable.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 24, 05 12:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I'll be installing a router at some point, but just at the moment I'm using a USB modem.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 24, 05 12:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

If you have the modem it should just plug 'n play then?

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 24, 05 12:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I'll let you know. Does the mac need to know a password or something? Sorry, I know jacks*** about how all this works.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 24, 05 12:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Who's your ISP?

sean
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 24, 05 12:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

BT.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 24, 05 12:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I assume all you'll need to do is plug the modem in, point your browser at www.btinternet.com and log in.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 24, 05 1:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

sean wrote:
I'll let you know. Does the mac need to know a password or something? Sorry, I know jacks*** about how all this works.


Were you given a starting pack from BT? That should have your password and other details needed.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 24, 05 1:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Yup, I'll dig it out.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 25, 05 4:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

The USB modem that come with the BT package isn't very good, as it has to 'dial' a connection every time you want to go online. You'll be better off getting yourself a router with a built-in firewall; that way you can leave the connection on permanently and you'll be safe from malicious intrusions. Mine's been chugging away for months online without mishap.
The Mac has a built-in socket for a standard RJ45 network plug, and most routers come with cabling, so setting it up is a doddle, even though most installation manuals ignore the Mac completely.
Any probs, drop me a message and I'll talk you through it down the phone.
Or you could go wireless with an Airport card in the Mac talking to a wireless router somewhere else in the house - a much less cluttered and more elegant way of doing it.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 25, 05 4:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Gervase wrote:
Or you could go wireless with an Airport card in the Mac talking to a wireless router somewhere else in the house - a much less cluttered and more elegant way of doing it.


And less secure...

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