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Special Edition Using® Mac® OS X v10.2 by Brad Miser

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Local Area Networking with Mac OS X

Wherever there is more than one Mac in the same general physical area, there is an opportunity to network those Macs into a Local Area Network (LAN). A LAN offers many benefits, including the following:

  • Sharing devices, such as printers

  • Sharing files

  • Providing a local Web

  • Sharing an Internet connection

  • Providing FTP, e-mail, and other services

A LAN can be as simple as two Macs (or a Mac and a network device, such as a printer) connected together using an Ethernet crossover cable. A LAN can be as complex as hundreds of computers, dozens of printers, and many other devices. Local networks can also be anything in between, from a small home office with a couple of Macs to a workgroup that has 10 or more workstations ...

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