Chapter 12

Working Well with Networks

In This Chapter

arrow Considering the benefits of a network

arrow Choosing between wired and wireless networks

arrow Sharing an Internet connection

arrow Gathering the stuff you need to network

arrow Making the network connection

arrow Using your network

arrow Protecting your MacBook with a firewall

In my opinion, network access ranks right up there with air conditioning and the microwave oven. Like other “I can’t imagine life without them” kinds of technologies, it’s hard to imagine sharing data from your laptop with others around you without a network. I guess you could still make use of 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. (Even with a USB flash drive, a sneakernet ...

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