Chapter 7. Add Your Mac to a Network

Mac OS X Leopard is the easiest operating system around when it comes to setting up and working with a network. To make things even simpler, your Mac comes with all the hardware it needs to connect to both wired and wireless networks, taking that extra little step out of the equation. In short, if you want to network a computer, a Mac is what you should be using.

This chapter gives you all the ins and outs of setting up a simple network for your Mac in a home or small office. If you're using your Mac on a large network or connect to a Wide Area Network (WAN), you may want to get your Information Technology department or your Internet Service Provider involved. While the basics are the same when setting up your Mac on a large network, it's best to let your IT department help with any settings that may be needed to access specific segments of the network.

What Is a Network?

In computing terms, networking doesn't entail introducing your Mac to folks in the high places of business or academia for purposes of furthering its career or agenda. While you will be introducing your Mac to other entities, they will comprise computers and printers and the like, not flesh-and-blood people. Apple's Dictionary application (which ships as part of Leopard) cites the New Oxford American Dictionary when giving these definitions of a network ...

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