MAC OS ADSL ETHERNET SETUP (10.3.8 Panther)
NOTE: All Macs have been fitted with Ethernet on the motherboard for many years so a NIC (Network Interconnection Card) as Windoze users say, is NOT required.
The best and easiest way to connect a Mac to ADSL is therefore by Ethernet.
USB modems are fraught with problems as the USB data packets are not (really) compatible with TCP/IP that the Internet uses.
Even if you run early Mac Operating Systems, Ethernet eliminates many problems since most modern ADSL modems handle the ADSL WAN (Wide Area Network -- the ADSL connect line) data stuff.
There is no need for such software as 'Enternet' etc if Ethernet is used.
PROCEDURE: FIRST set your modem up as a DHCP ROUTER. (MAKE SURE THE ONE YOU BOUGHT CAN BE CONFIGURED AS A DHCP ROUTER. Nearly all modern ones can.)
Using a browser and your modem HANDBOOK, connect to YOUR "modem's http address" this may be 10.0.0.138 -- 192.0.0.XX. Get it from the modem handbook and type it into the browser: http://10.0.0.138 (THE ALCATEL 530 ONE)
The modem will open the set-up procedure where all you should have to enter is your USER NAME and PASSWORD. Don't forget to SAVE this before closing the browser.
Onto the Mac now:
MAC OS X SYSTEMS HERE.
MAC OS 9 & EARLIER SYSTEMS HERE.