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Chapter 6. CONFIGURING PEER-TO-PEER NETW... > Selecting and Configuring Network Pr...

Selecting and Configuring Network Protocols

No matter what operating system you run on your peer computers, the computers participating in the peer-to-peer network need to be configured with at least one common LAN protocol. In the Windows environment, the simplest LAN protocol to configure for a small network is NetBEUI, because once you select it as a network protocol, no other configuration is required. However, if the network also will have a connection to the Internet, computers on the peer-to-peer network have to be configured for TCP/IP.

On a Macintosh peer-to-peer network, the AppleTalk protocol is easy to set up, but again, if an Internet connection is involved, the Macs also have to be configured for TCP/IP. Let's take a look at configuring LAN protocols in the Windows environment and then we will take a look at Mac LAN protocol configuration.


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