The large number of different Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the world now offering different types of connection and service means that it would be impossible to tell you which one to choose to try connect your older Mac to the Internet.
From my experience in the UK, I have connected my Classic to the subscription internet access offered by argonet.co.uk and demon.net, and I know of someone who successfully connected a 2Mb Classic to the Free service of macace.net.
Whichever ISP you choose, they need to provide you with (or you need to ask them for) the following minimum information:
Whilst some of these items may seem obscure or confusing to you at the moment, all will become clear (hopefully!) when you come to configure
your Connection Software and Application Software.
- The IP address(es) of their Domain Name Server(s). There will generally be two of these numbers, one for the main server, the other for the "backup" server, in the event of problems with the main server.
- Your User ID and Password for logging on to the internet.
- If the ISP operates Manual IP Addressing, the IP Address of your Mac on connection (Note: Manual IP Addressing is not the norm these days, so this may not be required).
- One or more Dial-up Numbers for the Internet Access. When configured, your Connection Software will dial one of these numbers, through your modem, to contact a modem at the ISP and make your connection to the Internet. There may be several of these numbers, depending on the connection type and speed offered by the ISP.
- The name of the ISP's POP3 Mail Server, which you access for incoming emails.
- The name of the ISP's SMTP Mail Server, which you use for outgoing emails.
- Together with the Mail Server names, you need to know the format of your email address and the address for returned mail.