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Seeking Automated Network Assistance

The Snow Leopard operating system provides a few automated tools to help you configure and diagnose your MacBook’s network settings. Be aware that the automated tools might not be able to fully set up your connection, and if you have complicated network configurations, you might want to manage the settings manually anyway. Let’s review what you need to do to use these tools.

Launching Diagnostics

To launch the diagnostics system, follow these steps:

  1. Open the System Preferences Network panel and click the Network icon.
  2. Click the Assist Me button at the bottom of the window.
  3. Click Diagnostics in the dialog box that displays.
  4. Choose the Network interface to run diagnostics on. If you’ve configured locations, you are first prompted to choose your location.
  5. Click Continue.
  6. Review the results and follow the onscreen instructions.

Launching the Setup Assistant

To launch the setup assistant, follow these steps:

  1. Open the System Preferences Network panel and click the Network icon.
  2. Click the Assist Me button at the bottom of the window.
  3. Click Assistant in the dialog box that appears.
  4. Provide a location where you will be using the network connection. This process creates a new location, as described in the previous “Using Locations” section.
  5. Click Continue.
  6. Choose the type of connection you are making.
  7. Click Continue.
  8. Follow the onscreen instructions to let Snow Leopard attempt to configure your network settings for you.
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