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Check your MAC OS 8.x/9.x KansasNet Configuration

This page describes how to check your KansasNet dial-up configuration in MAC OS  8.x/9.x.  You are going to be accessing some different settings via the MacIntosh OS Control Panels.  In order to find the different Control Panels, choose Control Panels from the Apple menu.

STEP 1: Internet Control Panel Settings

From the Apple menu, choose Control Panels (as described above), and then choose Internet.  The window below should appear.  To start out, make sure that KansasNet is listed as the Active Set.  If it is not, then choose KansasNet from the drop-down menu.  If KansasNet is not listed in the drop-down list, you need go here to run the Internet Setup Assistant.

If you have KansasNet as the Active Set, choose the Personal tab and then make sure that your real name (i.e. John Doe) or family name (i.e. The Does) is entered into the Name box.  Next, make sure your KansasNet email address appears in the E-mail Address box.  The remaining boxes can be left blank.

Next, choose the E-mail tab in the Internet Control Panel.  You should make sure your KansasNet username is correctly entered in the box labeled User Account ID.  Then enter into the Incoming Mail Server and Outgoing (SMTP) Mail Server boxes.  Type in your password into the Password field.  Typically, you should choose Outlook Express as the Default E-mail Application.

Next step, choose the Web tab.  Then we suggest you enter your favorite homepage address or use as the Home Page address.  Typically, we suggest you choose Internet Explorer as the Default Web Browser at the bottom.

Next, choose the News tab.  If you are going to use newsgroups, enter into the News (NNTP) Server field.  If you are not going to use newsgroups, or are unfamiliar with newsgroups, you can leave this box blank.  Choose connect to news server as: Guest.

Finally, you may notice one more tab, the Advanced tab.  You do not need to set anything under this tab, and should avoid making changes there.  Go ahead and close the Internet Control Panel.  Your system may ask if you would like to save the changes made, and you should make sure to confirm the changes and save them by choosing Yes or OK.

STEP 2: TCP/IP Control Panel Settings

Click the Desktop to make it active, and from the Apple menu, choose Control Panels and then choose TCP/IP.  The TCP/IP Control Panel window will appear (see below).

First, in the Connect via: box, choose PPP, and then from the Configure: list, choose Using PPP Server.  Next, in the "Name server addr:" box, you need to enter the IP Address of KansasNet's primary and secondary name servers.  Click in the box and type in, then press ENTER to move to the next line in the same box and type in  In the box labeled "Additional Search domains:" type in 

Next, click the Options button and the TCP/IP options window below will appear.  Make sure that Active is selected, and that "Load only when needed" is NOT checked.  Then press OK.

Finally, close the TCP/IP Control Panel window.  Your system will prompt if you would like to save the changes, and make sure to approve the changes by selecting Yes or OK.

STEP 3: Remote Access Control Panel Settings

Open the Remote Access control panel from the Apple menu-->Control Panels.  Choose Registered User and then see that your Kansasnet username and password are correctly entered in this window.  We recommend you check to Save Password so that you do not have to enter your password each time you want to connect.  In the Number box, you need to enter the phone number to dial KansasNet.  If you are not sure of the correct number for you to use, please check KansasNet's Local Access Numbers.


Next choose the Options button at the bottom of the window, and another window will open.  Make sure to choose the Redialing tab at the top of the new window and your window should appear like the one below.

Next, choose the Connection tab at the top of the same window (see picture below).  In this window, the only box which should be checked is Flash icon in menu bar while connected.  Make sure nothing else is checked.

Finally, choose the Protocol tab at the top of the same window.  Make sure that you have checked:

  • Connect automatically when starting TCP/IP applications

  • Allow error correction and compression in modem

  • Use TCP header compression

Do NOT check Connect to a command-line host.

Then press OK at the bottom of the window, and choose Yes or OK if prompted to save any changes.  Then close the Remote Access control panel, and again choose Yes or OK if prompted to save any changes.

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Last modified: April 17, 2007