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
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 ...