This chapter shows how to connect your MacBook to wired and wireless connections as well as how to manage multiple connections.
In this chapter, you learn how to get your Mac online, including tasks like:
- → Connecting to wired networks
- → Connecting to secure wireless networks
- → Configuring network address, DNS, and routing information
- → Verifying network connections
- → Creating VPN connections
- → Managing multiple connections with Locations
Being connected to a network gives you access to information, files, and services such as email or the Web. Your Mac comes with the latest networking technology—802.11ac Wi-Fi and gigabit Ethernet, making it a snap to connect to existing wired or wireless networks.
The most common type of network connection in the business world is a wired Ethernet connection. The cables used to connect to the network look like oversized phone connectors and, as luck has it, plug directly into your MacBook’s Ethernet port. (New Air and Retina MacBook owners need to buy Apple’s USB or Thunderbolt Ethernet adapter.) The MacBook supports gigabit Ethernet, making it able to exchange information at extremely high speeds.
Making an Ethernet (Wired) Connection
On a network that is set up to automatically configure your computer using DHCP, the most complicated thing you need to do is plug in the network cable!