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Setting Up Mac OS X for the Dartmouth Network

To access the Dartmouth network over an Ethernet (wired) connection on-campus using Mac OS X, you will need to properly configure your computer's network settings.

Connect

Using an Ethernet Port

  • Make sure your Ethernet cable is plugged into your computer and into the Network port (blue plastic tab or dot) on the wall or into the appropriate jack on your Voice-over-IP (VoIP) phone.
  • Make sure you use an Ethernet cable that is at least a category 5 cable with 8-pin connectors rather than a phone cable. Check the markings on the outside of the cable to see what category Ethernet cable it is.

Using a Cisco Phone

  • Connect to the secondary network port on a Cisco phone; the phone must be plugged into a Dartmouth network port.

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Configure

MAC OS X 10.5.x and Higher

  1. From the Apple menu, select System Preferences.  In the System Preferences window, click Network.
  2. In the Network window, set the Location field to Automatic.  Make sure the type of connection selected in the left-hand pane says Ethernet.
  3. Click the Advanced button. Click the TCP/IP tab. Set the Configure IPv4 field to Using DHCP.

    Note
    : You may need to click the lock in the lower left-hand corner to make these changes.

    NetSettings

MAC OS X 10.3.x and 10.4.x

  1. From the Apple menu, select System Preferences. In the System Preferences window, click Network.
  2. In the Network window, set the Location field to Automatic and the Show field to Built-in Ethernet.
  3. Click the TCP/IP tab. Set the Configure IPv4 field to Using DHCP.

    Note:
    You may need to click the lock in the lower left-hand corner to these make changes.

    Network TCP/IP dialog box

Configuring AppleTalk

While AppleTalk is no longer supported across campus buildings, it still might be necessary for local file or print sharing. If you want to configure this on your computer, follow the steps below:

  1. Click the AppleTalk tab.
  2. Click the checkbox in front of Make AppleTalk Active so a check appears in the box.
  3. Set the Configure field to Automatically.

    Network AppleTalk dialog box
  4. Close the Network window and Apply the changes when prompted.

    Note
    : AppleTalk can only be active for one location at a time.

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Identify Your Computer on the Network

  1. From the Apple menu, select Systems Preferences.
  2. In the System Preferences window, click Sharing. Make sure the Services tab is selected.

    Note
    : There is no Services tab for Mac OS X 10.5.x and higher.
  3. In the Computer Name field, enter the name of your computer as you want it to appear on the network. We strongly encourage you to have your name appear in this field so we can easily find your computer on the network if you report a problem with the network (e.g. JDoeG5). Your computer name should be a combination of letters and numbers. Do not use spaces, underscores, or other non-alphanumeric characters.

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Last Updated: 8/19/10