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NOTE: This document is for the old (pre-1998) installation software. Unless you are using the old installer, click here for the current documentation.

To install the Macintosh PPP/ARA Dialup Network Access Software you will need:

The Network Starter Kit has the following requirements:

The Network Starter Kit runs best with the following configuration:


Mac PPP/ARA Installation Instructions

To install the PPP/ARA network software, you will have to follow the following steps:

We'll go over each step in detail in the following pages.


Step 0: Install ARA Client (if applicable)

If you will be using ARA, then you should first install the ARA Client software. Do so now. Take the time to read through the ARA Client manual so that you're familiar with how ARA works, but don't configure ARA just yet -- the Mac PPP/ARA software will do some of the basic configuring for you. Go on to the next step.


Step 1: Restart with "extensions off"

You will need to start your Macintosh with "extensions off". This step is extremely important. To do so, hold down the SHIFT key while turning on or restarting your Macintosh. Wait until you see a "Welcome to Macintosh. Extensions Off" message, then let go of the SHIFT key:


Step 2: Install the Mac PPP/ARA Network software

When the machine has finished starting up, insert the Macintosh PPP/ARA Disk 1. Double-click on the "Network Starter Kit Installer" icon.

After the "splash screen" (fancy graphics) click on the Continue button to move on to the installation script window. Click once on the option that is appropriate to you (for instance, if you're a faculty or staff member, and you bought the ARA service, you would click on "Faculty/Staff ARA"), then click on the install button.

Software will begin installing and you will be asked for successive disks. Go on to the next step. When the computer asks you for the "Network Starter Kit 96.1" disk, it means Disk 1 of the Macintosh PPP/ARA set:

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Put Disk 1 in the computer when this screen appears

If you are a PPP customer, go to Step 3a (Configuring PPP)

If you are a ARA customer, go to Step 3b (Configuring ARA)



Step 3a: Configuring PPP (if applicable)

After the Mac PPP/ARA network starter kit finishes installing all the software, you should see the PPP configuration screen which asks you to enter your NetID and password. When you enter your NetID/password here, they are automatically saved in your MacPPP settings file so that you don't have to enter them each time you open a PPP connection.

Security concerns: if you are using a machine other people might have physical access to, you may not want to enter your password here. Unauthorized people may be able to find out your password if they can snoop around on your machine. Just enter your NetID and leave the password blank.


After entering your NetID and password (if applicable), click on "OK" and let the Network Starter Kit restart your computer. Go on to Step 4.



Step 3b: Configuring ARA (if applicable)

If you are using ARA, finish installation and let the Network Starter Kit restart your computer. When it comes back up, you will notice a new icon called "Yale ARA Setup alias" on your desktop. Double-click on it to launch ARA.

When ARA comes up, you will notice an area to enter your "name" (NetID) and password. Your "name" is really your NetID.

Security concerns: if you are using a machine that you feel other people may have physical access to, you may not want to use the option to save your password. Unauthorized people may be able to find out your password if they can snoop around on your machine if you have that option turned on.

Modem Configuration Following the directions in the ARA Client manual, be sure to configure your modem correctly. In order to configure your modem you need to select your proper CCL file:

In case you accidentally delete it, the phone number for the Yale ARA modems is 432-5807 -- on campus, it is 2-5807.

Note that in order to work with the Yale ARA setup, the option for "ARA 1.0 Compatibility" should be turned on (checked). Our default setup us has it automatically turned on for you. But you should verify its setting under the "Options" button (Page 30 of the manual).


Step 4: Opening a PPP or ARA connection

For PPP customers:

For ARA customers:


Step 5: Configuring Eudora to pick up your e-mail

"Eudora" is the name of a graphical software program we use at Yale to send and receive e-mail. Of course, if you're used to using pine you can continue to use it by telnetting to the Pantheon system (the connection document is in "Email/Personal Accounts" which was created on your hard drive).

Most people prefer the ease of use of Eudora. People who may not want to use Eudora are those who either prefer pine or who share a mailbox between multiple people. If you have any questions, please call the Internet Information Center at 432-5116 and we can help you decide if you want to use Eudora or Pine.

The Network Starter Kit installs the freeware version of Eudora, known as Eudora Lite. Since the creation of the NSK, Yale has purchased a site license for the commercial version of Eudora (Eudora Pro), so use of Eudora Pro is now free to members of the Yale community. We recommend that you install the commercial version; to do so, please see the attached instructions.

Before you use Eudora, you must configure it.

You should now be able to use Eudora. Select "Check Mail" from the File menu to see if you have any new mail. Use Balloon Help or the Help Menu if you have any questions on how to use Eudora. There are additional Eudora settings that may be useful to you. Explore, and if you get stuck feel free to contact the Internet Information Center for help.


Step 6: Browse the Internet, run Netscape, etc.

All of the software (except certain features of Netscape) have now been configured. Feel free to browse the Internet by launching "Netscape" which is in your "Internet Tools" folder. Internet Tools also contains NCSA Telnet and TN3270 for opening telnet/tn3270 connections to mainframes.

Note that due to a bug, the first time you launch Netscape, the following screen may appear. Just click "Cancel" (a few times if necessary) and it will not appear again:

Netscape Bug: Just click "Cancel"

In "Email/Personal Accounts", you will find all the software and connection documents necessary for accessing your Yale e-mail accounts (Eudora, Pantheon, YaleVM, BioMED).

In "Information Services", you will find connection documents that will take you to Nexis/Lexis, MEDLINE, AnthroLit, ORBIS, MLA and the other Yale databases.

... and last but not least, "Network Helpers" contains Stuffit Expander which can decode many types of Internet compression schemes you might encounter.


Step 7: Closing your PPP/ARA connection

Although Yale doesn't bill by the hour for your connection time, you will want to still close your PPP/ARA connection when you're not using it so that 1) your friends can still call you by phone and 2) so that you can free up our limited resources so that other people can enjoy the internet as well.

To close your PPP or ARA connection, first make sure you've quit from any Internet programs that are running. Then, click on the PPPop "green arrow" to close it or click on "Disconnect" in ARA. That's it!

To connect again, click on the arrow in PPPop or "Connect" in ARA Client.


Getting more Network Software

Using the Netscape Program, you can download more network software from our Mac Communications Software page (http://www.yale.edu/iic/mac-software-dl.html). Programs you might want are newer versions of Netscape (too large to distribute to everyone) and Fetch/Anarchie, two FTP programs.


Getting Help (or, what to do if it doesn't work)

If you have problems or questions, first, check our Frequently Asked Questions pages:

If your question is not addressed on any of these pages and you continue to experience problems, then please contact the Internet Information Center at iic@yale.edu or at 432-5116. You are also welcome to stop by between 8:30 am and 5:00 pm, Mondays to Fridays -- we're located in the Computer Center at 175 Whitney Ave. The friendly Internet Information Center consultants can also help with client packages, or any other aspects of connecting to the Internet.

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