You can merrily run Mac OS X independent of the rest of the computing universe, creating documents in your word processor, listening to music with iTunes, and much more. In fact, flying solo was the norm for Mac users until the Internet explosion of the early 1990s. Now it’s the exception. These days, almost all Mac users are on some type of network.
For most Mac users, there are two primary reasons to network their Macs:
• To access the Internet. This is what you need to do to use e-mail, browse the Web, or connect to remote servers. In networking terms, the Internet is a form of wide area network (WAN).
• To access and share data over a local network. Computers that are in the same general physical location (for ...