Chapter . Hardware You Need to Serve Files

Once you have a clear idea of what you want to achieve with file sharing, it’s time to think about the hardware components necessary for file sharing. Any Mac running Jaguar through Tiger (or even older operating systems, though I don’t cover how to set them up) can act as a file server; along with the server, you’ll need a network connection, and the faster the better.

File sharing imposes little computational load on a computer: dozens of people could be transferring files actively on a Power Mac G4 from 2002 or later that you’re simultaneously using as your primary work machine and you would hardly notice the effect on your work. However, file sharing does require sufficient bandwidth and RAM. (Panther ...

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