The EAC does try to access the internet?[/quote]depending on your settings (exactrip or CDDB/FreeDB query) internet access will happen. But it won’t crash if there is no internet connection.
Also, (i’m a noob) why do I need the ‘LAME MP3’ encoder? or is that part of EAC?
If you want to rip your audio to MP3, then you need an encoder. Since it does not come with EAC, it has to be installed additionally.
You might also have a look at CDex - this one comes with LAME integrated.