Mac Basics: Connecting to the Internet
After your Mac is connected to the Internet, you can use Mail, Safari, social networking, and iChat or Messages to connect your friends and family. Learn about connecting to the Internet and the different places where you can access the Internet.
There are several ways to get connected to the Internet so that you can use applications or games that access the Internet:
Your Internet Service Provider (ISP) may be the same as your cable TV company or your phone company, or it may be a different company that offer Internet services, usually for a monthly fee. Your ISP may offer wired Internet access (via an Ethernet cable that connects to your computer or a network router/modem) or Wi-Fi (wireless) Internet access. Check around for services available in your area.
If your Mac doesn't have an Ethernet port, such as a MacBook Air, and Wi-Fi isn't available, you can connect an Ethernet cable via an Ethernet adapter such as the Apple USB Ethernet Adapter.
|Can I just use AirPort?
AirPort hardware allows you to set up a home W-Fi network to connect devices wirelessly to your ISP. Please note that AirPort is not an ISP by itself.
You can use a Time Capsule or AirPort base station to create a home network that allows computers and devices to access your Internet connection wirelessly. To configure your Time Capsule or AirPort base station, see this link. Once you have your Wi-Fi network configured at home, simply connect your Mac to it: Click the AirPort menu and select your home Wi-Fi network. If prompted, enter the password for your Wi-Fi network. Check "Remember this network" to have your Mac automatically join your home network. Read more details here.
Wireless (Wi-Fi) hotspots are like a home wireless network, but may be open to the public.
Wi-Fi hotspot services may be offered around town at coffee shops, restaurants, hotels, book stores, or other retailers. Some cities offer municipal Wi-Fi Internet access.
Joining a Wi-Fi network is as easy as clicking the AirPort menu and choosing the network from the list. If the wireless network is password-protected, enter the password. Some hotspots may require authentication via a web browser, such as Safari, before you can use Internet services. Open your web browser to verify the connection (or authorize if needed). Some hotspots may require a usage fee.
See your local listings to find Wi-Fi hotspot services in your area.
Most business have Internet connections with wireless and Ethernet network connections to the Internet available. Check with your company's network department or administrator for details about how to connect to the network, and usage policies.
There may be Internet access options available for your iPhone, Mac, or iPad for when you're not at home or work, or not near a Wi-Fi hotspot. See these articles for more information: