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Configuring MacPPP

MacPPP is a freeware version of PPP supported by Apple. You may have trouble running older versions of MacPPP (2.5 or prior) with virtual memory or RAM Doubler on. An Open Transport-compatible version of MacPPP (MacPPP 2.5) is included in the Open Tr ansport Extras folder which may be either loaded on your machine or on your system CD-ROM, if you have System 7.5.x. MacPPP will only run on Macintoshes with System 7.5 or later.

NOTE: If you have Open Transport PPP already installed on your system, DISCARD the Config PPP file. You will NOT need MacPPP.

  • 1. Locate the Config PPP file. The Config PPP file must be in your System Folder's Control Panels folder. Double-click on Config PPP to open it.
  • 2. Select "Config...". The "Config..." button is in the lower left hand corner of the Config PPP control panel. Click on it.


  • 3. Enter the server name. In the "PPP Server Name" box, type skypoint.
  • 4. Select modem speed. In the "Port Speed" menu:
    • If you have a 28.8 kbps modem: Select 38,400.
    • If you have a 14.4 kbps modem: Select 19,200.
  • 5. Select dial type.
    • If you have a touch-tone phone: Select the Tone Dial option.
    • If you have a pulse-dial or rotary phone: Select the Pulse Dial option.
  • 6. Enter the SkyPoint telephone number. In the "Phone num" box:
    • If you will be calling from the Minneapolis/St. Paul area: Type 807-1912.
    • If you will be calling from the Hudson/Stillwater area: Type 436-3637.
    • If you will be calling from the Duluth/Superior area: Type 720-5800.
  • 7. Enter the modem initialization string. In the "Modem Init" box, type AT&F.
  • 8. Set the "Authentication..." option. NOTE: this step is OPTIONAL. It will permanently save your Username and Password so that you will not need to manually type it in every time you connect to your SkyPoint account. If you are con cerned about the security of your account, or if you, your family, or your organization have more than one SkyPoint account that will be accessed through this computer, you should NOT set this option.
    • A. Select "Authentication...". Click on the "Authentication..." button. You will see this window:

Macintosh PPP

    • B. Enter your Username. In the "Auth. ID" box, type the Username you were given by SkyPoint.
    • C. Enter your Password. In the "Password" box, type the Password you were given by SkyPoint.
    • D. Select "OK". Click on the "OK" button in the lower right hand corner.
  • 9. Select "Done". Click on the "Done" button in the lower right hand corner.
  • 10. Restart your computer. You will not be able to open a connection until after you have restarted your computer.
  • 11. Select Config PPP. Double-click on Config PPP to open it again.
  • 12. Make your first connection with MacPPP. Click on the "Open" button in the upper left hand corner. Listen for your modem dialing and SkyPoint's modem answering the call. The answer should sound like a shrill whine. A status window will appear to let you know if you were successful. When MacPPP is open, the 2 faces in the upper left hand corner should be smiling, not frowning, and the message underneath them should read "PPP UP."

    If you have problems making this connection, see the Troubleshooting page.

    If you still are experiencing problems with making your first connection, please call SkyPoint Technical Support. If a SkyPoint Support Representative concludes that the problem is not caused by configuration error, but by a software conflict or a har dware problem, you will need to call the appropriate technical support line for that difficulty.


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