Wireless Connectivity: Connecting a Desktop Computer with Mac OS

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Hi,

I have just recently bought a new computer which is a Mac desktop. Every time I've tried to connect to it, the wireless network in my house it has failed. It has never been connected, since the day I’ve bought it. Any help would really be appreciated.

Regards,

Jay B

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Answered By 0 points N/A #89012

Wireless Connectivity: Connecting a Desktop Computer with Mac OS

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Congratulations, with your new computer, Jay,
 
Well, talking about wireless connection, you should first remember the two basic information that is needed; wireless network name and wireless network key.
 
Network Name simply means, the name of the wireless connection server where you would be getting the connection. On the other hand, Network Key is the password you should be providing when the network is secured. Otherwise, you just need to ignore it.
 
Do you have this information?
Answered By 0 points N/A #89013

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I had that kind of a problem before. I'm not just sure what version of Mac OS you have. Can you give the specification of your Mac Operating System? Like Mac OSX 10.3, Mac OSX 10.4 Tiger, Mac OSX 10.5 Leopard, or Mac OSX 10.6 Snow Leopard.
 
If you could please identify and give the OS version of your Mac, then I will be able to give you further help. That should just be easy. Don't worry.
Answered By 320 points N/A #89014

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Roy,
 
I sure have understood what you mean. However, I'm afraid I am a dumb when it comes to this subject. I don't know where to locate this information; wireless name and wireless network key. Can you please guide me where to locate those?
 
Jake,
 
Thank you for your concern. Can you tell me how I can identify the specific version of my Mac OS? I'm sorry, you're teaching a newbie. You two are very quick and so responsive. I'll be waiting. Your help means a lot to me.
 
Regards,
 
Jay B
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It's okay, Jay. I totally understand. I will be more than willing to help you. 
 
If you happen to see that apple icon on the upper left corner of your main desktop page, kindly click that and look for the option that says "About This Mac". Upon clicking that option it should show you the Mac version. 
 
You might wonder, why I asked you the question. It is because each version has different graphical user interface. Each version has different looks.
 
So if you can now identify the version of your Mac OS, we should be ready to proceed and have your computer connected.
Answered By 0 points N/A #89016

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Do you happen to know where your modem/router is located, Jay? It's the box or device provided to you by your internet service provider. I'm guessing it must have been installed near your computer.
 
Look for that box (the modem/router). Normally wireless network name and wireless network key are located underneath it. You might see SSID and WEP Key. Just don't get confused. SSID means wireless network key, while WEP or WEP Key means wireless network key.
 
You might want to write it down on a piece of paper so you won't forget it once you need it again. You're almost there.
Answered By 320 points N/A #89017

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My Mac OS X version is 10.6.1 and it shows 2 GHz Intel Core Duo Processor. That was easy, Jake. I think you are a good teacher.

Roy, I found the information. The modem is installed just nearby the computer table. And it reads here that SSID is 2WIRE123 and Wireless Network Key is 1234567890. Now, I'm beginning to learn. 

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Very good, Jay,
 
Now, this should just be very easy. Since you now have the network key and network name, also you already know the version of your Mac OS.
 
All you need to do is go, find and click the network connection icon or airport which is located somewhere on the upper right corner of your screen. It resembles a radio wave signal. After clicking it, look for your own network (which is the network name located on your modem) and choose it. It will usually ask for your network key afterwards, so all you need to do is type in the network key of your connection.
 
Otherwise, you can just proceed and be connected automatically to the network if it is not secured. You would know if your network is secured, when you see a padlock beside it. To confirm if you really are connected, you can click back on the airport above and see if your network name has a check on it.
 
If yes, then your computer is already connected. Additionally, you may start opening a website to check if connection is really successful.
Answered By 320 points N/A #89019

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You know what, guys? I am now using my new Mac computer in typing this.
 
You guys are so great. I am now connected to my wireless network and I am able to browse websites! I would not know such things if you didn't respond to my query. And worse is, I won't be able to enjoy the luxury of having this kind of computer. My money was almost put to waste if you didn't help me connecting my Mac. Roy, thank you so much. You taught me a lot. 
 
I hope you continue lending help to people who have connection problems. I surely appreciate your time. 
 
Jake, you're the man. You didn't leave me until problem is solved. You should get a position in a computer company. You're a genius.
 
Hats off to both of you. From my heart, thank you. 
 
Regards,
 
Jay B.
Answered By 0 points N/A #89020

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Hello,
 
If you want to connect your mac first select Apple button. And select System performancefrom the drop down list select Network. Now select Airport entry,click the network name drop down menu to select a network to connect.
 
Note:Entry the security key or passphrase of the network if prompted.
 
If you want to connect network automatically the next time is in rang,click remember network.
 

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