How to Use Dial-Up With a MacBook

by Jerel Jacobs

Although the MacBook does not have a built-in dial-up modem, if you own a MacBook notebook computer and have a USB or Ethernet dial-up modem, you can configure you computer to use your dial-up Internet service. Learn the necessary steps to configure your MacBook to use a dial-up Internet connection.

Make sure that you have the necessary account information handy. You will need the telephone number to your service provider and also your user name and password.

Attach your dial-up modem to your MacBook via USB or Ethernet connection.

Open the "System Preferences" panel. There is a shortcut to "System Preferences" in the Dock represented by a gear icon. Additionally, you can access "System Preferences" by clicking on the "Apple" icon located in the left hand corner of the Menu Bar at the top of the screen and then selecting "System Preferences" from the drop-down menu.

Select "Network" from the "System Preferences" panel. Once the "Network" panel opens, find your dial-up modem in the list of devices in the "Network Services" panel on the left of the screen. Click on the dial-up modem to open the modem interface screen. Here you will enter the modem information. Give the modem service a name (for example, Joe's Internet) and click "Create." Next, in the fields provided, enter the dial-up account information provided to you by your ISP (the phone number to access the Internet, your account name and account password).

After you have entered your account information, click on the box next to the "Show Modem Status In Menu Bar" option and a modem status icon will appear in the permanent menu bar at the top of the Mac desktop. This icon resembles a small telephone receiver. Close the "Network Services" menu and exit "System Preferences." Click on the modem icon (resembles a small telephone receiver) located in the Menu Bar to engage the dial-up modem and connect to the Internet.

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