"Laura Van Sant" <lauravcmindspring.com> writes:1: If you're using a gateway router, it's trivial. Just connect the Mac and>
> I have a cable modem hooked up to my Windows PC and am thinking of
> switching to back to a Mac. What is involved in doing this? Can I
> use the same modem? Is it easy to configure everything to use the
> same Earthlink/Time Warner email account?
configure TCP/IP according to what the router wants. You can even
leave the PC connected and let both use the internet at once.
2: If the modem is directly connected to the computer via Ethernet,
attach it to the Mac and configure TCP/IP according to what your ISP
wants (IP address, DNS, DHCP, PPPoE, etc.)
3: If the modem is directly connected to the computer via USB, you'll
need to ask your ISP. This will probably require a device driver of
some sort. Mac drivers may be available, but I woluldn't count on
it. See if your ISP can exchange your modem for an Ethernet-attached
4: If it uses something more obscure (like an internal PCI
connection), then there probably won't be any Mac support. See if
you can get it replaced for an Ethernet-attached model.