WIRELESS BROADBAND INTERNET CONNECTION SETUP
In this section I am going to show you how to set up a Wireless Broadband Internet Connection using the built-in apple mac Airport Card, which is basically a Wireless Network Adaptor that is built-in to the apple mac but also detachable. In this example I have purposely removed my airport card (wireless network adaptor) in order to show you how to set it up from scratch and how to then set up a wireless internet connection using the apple mac Airport settings.
Begin by going to SYSTEM PREFERENCES and click on the AIRPORT SETUP WIZARD button. This will bring up the first step of the setup wizard which is just a standard Welcome screen (Fig 1.1 below), so click on its CONTINUE button to continue.
If your airport card is detached when you click on the CONTINUE button you will receive the following error message whereby all you can do is click on its OK button to try other ways of connecting to the internet, or click on the QUIT button to quit the setup wizard.
In this example I have since attached my airport card (switched off my apple mac, attached the airport card and then started my apple mac). Hence the following message stating a new port has been found. If you have done the same as me simply click on the OK button to activate the new port and therefore the airport card and then relaunch the AIRPORT SETUP WIZARD.
When you click on the OK button the setup wizard and apple mac will then find the hardware associated with the airport card (i.e. its modem) whereby you then need to click on the APPLY NOW button of the message requester that appears. Once that has been done click on the ASSIST ME button of the message requester that follows (Fig 1.5 below). That is the second step of the setup wizard, with the Welcome screen being the first (Fig 1.1 above), regardless whether or not you had the airport card detached or attached at the beginning of this lesson.
After clicking on the ASSIST ME button you are then asked what kind of assistance you would like; network diagnostic assistance or network setup assistance. For this example click on the ASSISTANT button to begin the network setup assistant.
Note: The first steps, at the beginning of this lesson, were for the set up of my airport card, hence why the Airport Setup Assistant was used. Now that my airport card has been setup, the next step (below) is to connect to the internet using the Network Setup Assistant.
The first step of the Network Setup Wizard asks you to give your network's location (profile) a name. By default (normal behaviour) the name is set to - Location (Today's Date/Time). You can change this to Home, My Network, OfficeNW or whatever but for this example I have kept its original name of - Location (Today's Date/Time). When you are happy with the network location name click on the CONTINUE button to proceed.
The next step of the Network Setup Wizard asks you how you will be connecting to the internet (to your wireless broadband internet connection/network). In this example I will select the airport option - I USE AIRPORT TO CONNECT TO THE INTERNET WIRELESSLY - because I now have a working airport card I can use. With the airport option selected click on the CONTINUE button to proceed.
The next step will scan for available wireless networks (wireless broadband internet connections) for you to connect to. In this example it has found my Yoingco network. When it has found your wireless network; Select it and then click on the CONTINUE button. You may need to click on the RESCAN button if your wireless network has not been found.
With your wireless network selected you will be asked for its password (below), assuming it has one, after clicking on the CONTINUE button (above). In this example I have entered the correct password and then click on the CONTINUE button, but have then received the following error message stating I have entered the wrong password. Why?
Although the correct password has been entered the error has occurred because my wireless network uses WPA2-PSK security and not WPA-PSK security. My airport card can only connect to wireless networks that use WPA-PSK security. So the real error message should of stated "Could not connect to wireless network due to security issues" or something along those lines and not that the password is incorrect. Anyway, I simply changed my router settings so that my password now uses WPA-PSK security and therefore compatible with the airport card.
Following the steps in Figures 1.11 and 1.12 above your apple mac should now have a live internet connection. If so, the network assistant will then save your wireless network settings including your network's password. This is so that the next time you start up your apple mac you can have instant access to the internet connection (wireless network).
If you want to configure the wireless network's settings you can do by clicking on the CONFIGURE button, after clicking on the OK button in Fig 1.13 above. This option is also available through the NETWORK system preference - Open SYSTEM PREFERENCES, click on the NETWORK icon and then click on the CONFIGURE button.
Although most of the settings you can configure are technical, some of them are basic; such as changing the network's location (profile) name. In this next example I have already clicked on the LOCATION drop-down menu in order to view its menu-items (options) whereby I am now selecting the EDIT LOCATION menu-item. This will allow me to change the name of Location (Today's Date/Time) into something more meaningful such as WirelessNW in my case.
At this point the network's location name has NOT been changed yet. You must apply your changes by clicking on the APPLY NOW button, in the following step. Only then will your network location name have a new name.
That's it! You should now be able to connect to the internet using the Safari web browser for example. On the above window you can also change the default (normally used/connected) wireless network by selecting your prefered wireless network from the BY DEFAULT, JOIN drop-down menu. Remember to click on the APPLY NOW button afterwards though.