Chapter 1: Setting Up a Small Network

In This Chapter

arrow.png Finding out what a network is and why you might want one

arrow.png Setting up the network hardware

arrow.png Configuring network system preferences

arrow.png Troubleshooting your network

In the not-so-distant past — I’m talking a generation ago — networks were found only in huge companies that had the money and the workforce to pay for and maintain them. But now, as technology rolls on, a home or small office network is both very affordable and relatively easy to create.

Networks can be used for many things. Computers exchange all types of data over a network: files that you want to send between computers or to networked printers, streaming audio or video, data for multiplayer computer games, or even a private company website (typically called an intranet). Anything that you can imagine that would involve moving data between multiple computers can be done by using a network.

In this chapter, I introduce you to what networks are, what you can do with them, and how to set up a small Mac-based network of your own for your home or small business.

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