You can connect a MacBook to an office or university network through a Virtual Private Network. Organizations use VPNs to connect remote offices or locations to their networks via the Internet. Mac OS X 10.6, known as Snow Leopard, has built-in set-up tools for VPNs, but you must configure a connection for each network you want to use on your MacBook. Once you set up the connection, you can plug into the network from any location with Internet access.
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Things you need
- Network VPN settings
- Network user account
Click on the Apple logo in the top left corner of the screen. Click "System Preferences" and click "Network."
Click the "+" icon in the Network window to add a new network connection. In the Interface panel, select "VPN" from the menu. Under VPN Type, choose the menu option that matches the settings for your organisation's network. Type a name for the connection into the Service Name line. Click the "Create" button.
Type the correct server address for your VPN in the Server Address field in the Network window. Enter your network account name in the Account Name field. Click "Authentication Settings."
Select either "Shared Secret" or "Certificate" in the Machine Authentication field. This depends on the settings for the network you plan to use. Enter the appropriate password. Type the name of your network group in the Group Name field. Click "OK."
Click "Show VPN status in menu bar" to select it and click "Apply." Close System Preferences. Click the VPN icon that should appear on the task bar across the top of the screen. Click on "Connect (service name)," which will display the name you entered for the network connection. Enter your account information and click "OK" to connect to the network.
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