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Managing an Internet Connection in Mac OS X

Last Updated: Thu, 10 Dec 2015 > Related Articles

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Learn to set up a new Internet connection or restore a connection by releasing or renewing IP addresses in Mac OS X.


Need to set up an Internet connection on your Mac or renew your IP address to restore your lost Internet connection? Learn how to perform these tasks using Mac OS X.

Cox does not support all operating systems. The following information is for reference only. For specific information on using Mac OS X, visit

Set Up an Internet Connection

  1. From the Apple menu, click System Preferences.
  2. From the View menu, click Network.
  3. From the Show pop-up window, click Built-in Ethernet.
  4. Click the TCP/IP tab.
  5. Ensure the Location drop-down says Automatic.
  6. From the Configure menu, select Using DHCP.
    Note: Cox provides the DHCP information automatically.
  7. Click Apply Now.
  8. Open a web browser to test your connection.

Release and Renew an IP Address

  1. From the Apple menu, click System Preferences.
  2. Click Network.
  3. Click Ethernet.
  4. Click Advanced.
  5. Click the Renew DHCP Lease and then click TCP/IP.
  6. Click Renew DHCP Lease.

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