Networking & Telecommunications

Mac OS computers offer two ways to connect to other computers:

  • Networking uses direct connections and network protocols to connect your computer to others on a network. Once connected, you can share files, access e-mail, and run special network applications on server computers.

  • Telecommunications uses a modem, telephone line, and communications software to connect your computer to another com-puter. Once connected, you can exchange files, access e-mail, and work with other features offered by the host computer.


If you use your computer at work, you may be connected to a companywide network; if so, you'll find the networking part of this chapter very helpful. But if you use your computer at home and have only ...

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