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ConfigPPP vs FreePPP




 update 3/8/01

I have come to the conclusion that FreePPP is way better than ConfigPPP on 030 Macs and up. It's more stable and easier to set up and seems to take about 1/16 of the time to get going than ConfigPPP. The installer is quite simple and you don't need to drop folders into your system folder, it does it all by it's lonesome. Also ConfigPPP tends to corrupt it's prefs about once a month, forcing you to delete the bad prefs and reconfigure - pain in the ass. One thing that frustrates me about ConfigPPP/MacTCP is the 'Gateway' setting in MacTCP - my ISP never gave me one and for the life of me, I can never get it to work anymore. FreePPP doesn't have this setting and allows you to set up net access without it in a jiffy.

Date: Mon, 12 Oct 1998 15:34:13 -0700

To: Donna Pointer <dpointer@orchard.washtenaw.cc.mi.us>

From: James Jung <mac_tech@tech-center.com>

Subject: Re: [Classic Post] PPP


Classic Posts <classic-post@hitznet.com>


>Date: Thu, 8 Oct 1998 13:21:40 -0400

>To: Classic Posts <classic-post@hitznet.com>

>From: Donna Pointer <dpointer@orchard.washtenaw.cc.mi.us>

>Subject: PPP


>What's the difference between and implications of using ConfigPPP,

>FreePPP, or Internet Config?


Basically, ConfigPPP and FreePPP are software programs that establish a point-to-point protocol (PPP) with your Internet Service Provider; hence, connecting you to the Internet. (There are other cases of PPP usage, but we are not concerned with it here.) Internet Config has nothing to do with the forementioned programs. Its job is to replace/augment certain tasks of certain Internet programs.


For example, you can use Internet Config in conjunction with Netscape Navigator. In this case, Internet Config can give Navigator information, such as your signature, and handle "mailto:" links. By using Internet Config, you can enter your information once in it, and use that information on all your Internet programs (without having to reenter it).



>It is my understanding that FreePPP is the updated version of ConfigPPP.


Yes, ConfigPPP has been discontinued. FreePPP picks up where ConfigPPP left off.


>But I'm really confused as to the pros and cons of using them.






(Of course, FreePPP offers PowerPC routines and ConfigPPP doesn't, but this

list does not cover post-'030 Macs.)


>If you are using one of them do you still use MacTCP?


MacTCP takes less memory than Open Transport does, but OT is more reliable and more user-friendly.


IMHO, if your Mac supports (and has enough memory) for it, use FreePPP and Open Transport. Otherwise, stick with ConfigPPP and MacTCP. (Make sure you use MacTCP 2.0.6, because it is the most reliable of them all and the last release.)



>Do they go in control panels, or extensions, and, if so, must you have only one "active"?


If installed properly, there should be a "ConfigPPP" and a "MacTCP" in your Control Panels, and "PPP" in your Extensions. In System 6, the first two are in the Control Panel (no 's' and is a desktop accessory), and "PPP" is on the root of the System Folder.



>Currently I am using MacTCP 2.0.4 and ConfigPPP 2.0.1 on an SE/s0 with System 7.5. But I have several other computers I deal with: Plus, SE, SE accellerated,IIsi,IIcx, Color Classic, Q950, PB100,PB190,PB520(PowerPC). I'm not running anything higher than 7.5.3. Donna Pointer


Like I said, use MacTCP 2.0.6 and ConfigPPP. Going by memory, only three of the Macs you mention can support Open Transport and FreePPP. You might as well be consistent and not use the newer stuff.


I hope this helps.

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