Building (Or Joining) a Network
In This Chapter
Considering the benefits of a network
Choosing between wired and wireless networks
Sharing an Internet connection
Gathering the stuff you need to network
Making the network connection
Using your network
Protecting your iMac with a firewall
In my book, network access ranks right up there with air conditioning and the microwave oven. As with other “I can’t imagine life without them” kinds of technologies, it’s hard to imagine sharing data from your iMac with others around you without a network. Sure, I’ve used a sneakernet (the old-fashioned term for running back and forth between computers with a floppy disk), but these days, Apple computers don’t even have floppy drives.
Whether you use your network to share an Internet connection, ...