Making a simple terminal connection to the Wood County Free-Net with a
Macintosh (This is the simplest connection, but is a text-only interface)
Not recommended any more use ssh instead.
What you need:
- A Macintosh
- A communications program
- A modem
- An available telephone line
There are many communication software packages available. Often communication
software is included with a modem when it is purchased. Modems are available from
any computer retailer. Good- quality modems can be bought for less than $100.
You can use your current telephone line to connect to the Wood County Free-Net.
If you're in a hurry...
If you already know how to use your modem and communications software, here
are the communications settings for connecting to the Wood County Free-Net.
For more detailed instructions, keep reading.
- Speed: 2400 to 56kbps, depending on the speed of your modem
- Data bits: 8
- Stop bits: 1
- Parity: none
- Terminal emulation: VT 100
- Phone number: from the phone numbers page
To log on, follow the steps listed under the heading, "Once you are connected."
Step-by-step connection guide
- Turn off your computer and modem.
- Connect the telephone cord that came with your modem to a telephone wall jack.
- Connect the serial cable to your Macintosh's modem port-a plug on the back
labelled with a telephone icon.
- Plug the other end of the cable into your modem.
- Plug the modem's power cord into power outlet, and turn the modem on.
- Now, start your Macintosh.
For more detailed instructions, refer to the manual that came with your
modem. If you have a PowerBook, you may have an internal modem (one installed
inside your computer) or an external one. Macintosh AV users may use the
software-based Apple Express modem. If you have this kind of modem, follow the
instructions that came with it.
Installing your software
You can use any communications software, including the communications modules in
multifunction software such as Microsoft Works. Follow the program's instructions
to install the software on your computer's hard disk drive. If you are using a
system with only floppy drives, make a backup copy of the communications software
disk. Put the original in a safe place, and use the copy. If you have difficulty
copying files or installing the software, consult the manuals that came with your
How to connect
You will need to enter some information in your communications program so that
you can connect to the Free-Net. Your communications software may refer to this
information as Communications Settings or Terminal Settings.
- Set the Speed to that which matches your modem (2400 bps to 56kbps).
- Set Data bits to 8, Stop bits to 1 and Parity to none.
- For Terminal Emulation, choose VT 100.
- The phone number for your modem to dial is determined from the phone
Almost all communications programs allow you to save this information so you do
not have to enter it again. Now give your software the command to dial, using the
settings you saved in the previous step.
If you get a busy signal, try again later.
If you do not get a "Connect" message or a busy signal, there is a
problem with your modem or with the communications settings in your software.
Check your connections, make sure that the settings match those listed above, and
Once you are connected
The following messages will appear on your screen, prompting your to enter
-Items in bold type signify information on your screen.
-Items in italics signify data you are to enter.
You may now explore the Free-Net. Using your cursor keys and the menus, you can
try out the various services and information sources available.
Navigating the Free-Net
You find your way around the Free-Net by using the arrow keys on your keyboard
to move your cursor around. The items on your screen in bold type are called
links. The link your cursor is on will appear in reverse video.
Positioning your cursor on a link and hitting the return key.
Move your cursor to the Electronic Mail link and press the Return key. This
will bring you to the Pine electronic mail package where you can send and
read electronic mail. The rest of the Free-Net works the same way. Links,
in bold type, lead to other documents; the links in these documents in turn
lead to others. If you ever get lost, type M to return to the main menu. The
best way to learn how to use the Free-Net is to explore it, discovering where
links lead, and by reading the help documents available on the system.
If you have problems:
If your screen appears jumbled, press the R key to redraw your screen.
If you cannot connect, check that you have performed all the steps listed
under "How to connect." Most problems are related to the communication settings
you enter in your communications program; check the program's manual for help.
If you can connect to the Free-Net, but are having other types of problems,
check under the Help Desk. There you
can read help documents that may solve your problem. You can also send an
email message asking for help. If you are still having problems
call the helpdesk at 354-2727, or if that's local to you, 800-370-2879. You
may have to leave a message; a member of the support team will try and help
you with your problem as soon as possible.