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Chapter 20. Networking > Wires and Wireless: Setting Up Network Media

Wires and Wireless: Setting Up Network Media

This used to be the point in The Macintosh Bible where we'd start talking about how to plug in your Macs. Since the appearance of AirPort on the networking scene a few years ago, you no longer need to “plug in” to get connected, as wireless networking is an attractive alternative to using your Mac's built-in Ethernet port. Or you can create a network of mixed media, wireless and wired. Regardless of the media, any network software that works on one network medium will work on the other.

Mac OS X is more advanced than Mac OS 9 and earlier when it comes to the network media. Mac OS X supports multihoming, a feature that allows it to connect over multiple network media types at the same time. Mac OS 9 and earlier can only speak over one type of medium at a time.



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