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Using PPPoE with Airport in 10.3 Network
I doubt there are many people who have come across this problem, but if you have it is very annoying. Airport cards cannot use PPPoE, which some universities in the UK are using to restrict wireless access.

In OS X pre-10.3, this was restricted by the driver. However, Panther appears to have changed this, although it isn't easy, or convenient, to set up. However this can be fixed. First copy the file /System -> Library -> PreferencePanes -> Network.prefPane -> Contents -> Resources -> SectionList.plist to a safe location. Next edit the file, and change this line:
"AirPort" = ( "AirPortSection", "TCPIPSection", "AppletalkSection",
  "ProxySection" );
to read:
"AirPort" = ( "AirPortSection", "TCPIPSection", "PPPoESection",
  "AppletalkSection", "ProxySection" );
i.e. insert "PPPoESection" into the list. NOTE: The above lines are shown on two rows for narrower display; enter the data on one line, not two, when editing the file!

(Re)launch System Preferences and you can now use PPPoE with AirPort using the PPPoE interface familiar from ethernet configuration.

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Using PPPoE with Airport in 10.3
Authored by: viscaria on Mar 30, '04 10:58:25AM

Can't you just have your router deal with PPPoE instead?

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Using PPPoE with Airport in 10.3
Authored by: shellac on Mar 30, '04 06:24:25PM

I worked this out for to get a secured (authorised access only) roaming wireless system working. You connect using pppoe over the wireless (not wired) connection. It's weird - I mean, what does the e stand for again? I doubt many people have encountered this limitation.

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Using PPPoE with Airport in 10.3
Authored by: a33rpm on Jan 16, '10 06:36:10AM


I guess I'm one of those few people who encounter this problem. I'm running OS 10.5.8 and have no option within my Airport settings to create PPPoE connection. I followed your post hints but i guess the files have changed for the newer OS. Instead of "SectionList.plist " I have "Proxies.plist" with a different script in it. Can you please advise me on how to change this to achieve the same results as mentioned for 10.3?

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