Free PPP Setup

Table of Contents

Setting up Open Transport or MacTCP
FreePPP for a Macintosh Set-up Procedure
Server Information for Use with the Internet Service
Troubleshooting Section


FreePPP is a combined effort of a number of individuals who made enhancements to MacPPP. It is freeware and does not offer software support.

Setting up Open Transport or MacTCP

Apple has developed two different TCPIP software programs. The newest package is termed Open Transport or just TCP/IP (preinstalled on Systems 7.5.3 and higher). MacTCP or Classic Networking is the older package that has always been available from Apple. You can only use one of these packages at any given time (if installed, the Network Software Selector can change between these two programs). If you are using Open Transport, it is strongly suggested that you use version 1.1 or higher (to find the version, open TCP/IP, click File and then Get Info).

Proceed to the setup instructions for the software application you are using:

1.Setting Up Open Transport (TCP/IP)- skip if using MacTCP:
a.Click the Rainbow Apple, then Control Panels and select TCP/IP.
b.Enter the following settings for TCP/IP:
Connect Via: Your Dialer Name
Configure: Using PPP Server (if using v1.0 of TCP/IP, use bootp but v1.1 is strongly recommended).
Starting Domain:
Name Servers: Your DNS Servers (The default Internet name servers are and (for 943/923 numbers) or (for 56k numbers)
IP Address, Subnet Mask, Router Address, Ending Domain and Search Domains should be blank or supplied by server.
c.Close out TCP/IP and restart your machine.

2.Setting Up MacTCP (Classic Networking)- skip if using Open Transport:
a.Click the Rainbow Apple, then Control Panels and select MacTCP.
b.Highlight your dialer name (i.e. PPP) and click More...
c.Enter in the following information:
Obtain Address: Server
Class: C
Subnet Mask: (To modify drag the bar)
IP address: Your DNS Servers (The default Internet name servers are and (for 943/923 numbers) or (for 56k numbers).
Leave the rest of the settings at their default values.
d.Click OK and restart your machine.

FreePPP for a Macintosh Set-up Procedure

1.Open FreePPP Setup from the Menu Bar on the Desktop (Green phone) and click on the Arrow to open the settings.

2.General Setup
a.Tailor the following according to your preferences:
b.Allow applications to open connection - Will automatically open a connection to the Internet if you click on a TCP/IP app.
c.Disconnect if idle of X (minutes or hours) - Set as you wish.
d.Check line every X (seconds or minutes) - Checks for connection every X time units.
e.Allow alerts during Connection - Enables alerts when you make a connection.
f.On connect open FreePPP setup application - Pops up the connect disconnect box after a connection if enabled.
g.Open application on connect... - Allows you to specify an application that you want automatically started.

3.Click on the Modem Setup button.
a.Set the port the modem is connected to.
b.Check Enable audio feedback while connecting- You may change this option after you have verified you can connect.
c.Check Hangup on disconnect.
d.Check Global Init String and enter the init string for your modem.

Some common default modem strings that may work include: AT&F&D0&C1X4V1Q0S7=70, AT&F&D0&C1, AT&F&D0, AT&F, AT&F1, AT&F2 or AT&F0

Note: System 7.5.5 Has an option to have the modem Identified.

4.Click on Open TCP/IP - Verify the settings from above and hit OK.

5. Account Setup
a. Click New Button.
b. Type as Server name.
c. Enter dial access phone number.
d. Choose Connect Directly.
e. The User Name is your asis username
f. Type your password or leave it blank for more security. If left blank, FreePPP will prompt you each time you connect for your password.
g. Click OK

6. Locations - Placing info in this setup is optional.

Server Information for Use with the Internet Service

User name: All lowercase - you must append @asis to your username to logon, thus: username@asis
Password: Your password is case sensitive, upper and lower case are different.
Email: your Email address is
Your incoming mail or POP server is
Your outgoing mail or SMTP server is

Your DNS servers are:
Secondary (for 943/923 numbers):
Secondary (for 56k numbers):

Foraccess numbers throughout California, The United States, and parts of Canada please view our numbers page here.

Troubleshooting Section

Verify your dialer and TCP/IP settings as listed above. Attempt a connection into another location to verify the problem is not with the local access number you are using. The most common connection problem with Apple machines are modem related. Verify you have the current modem Init (initialization) commands for your modem. Many Macintosh modems are software error correcting (including the Gold II modem).

Contact your modem manufacturer to verify your modem is not software error correcting and if not, verify it has the latest firmware. Contact your modem manufacturer or obtain the General Macintosh or Modem help guides for more information.