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Chapter Summary

In this chapter we sorted out the possibilities for peer-to-peer networking and looked at configuring TCP/IP and NetBEUI as the LAN protocols for our peer network. Peer-to-peer networking works best in situations where there are less than 10 computers. Other things that you learned in this chapter include the following:

  • NetBEUI is the easiest LAN protocol to configure for a Windows peer-to-peer network.

  • TCP/IP can also be used to connect Windows peer computers. Ranges of addresses in each IP class have been reserved for private networking.

  • AppleTalk is installed by default on Macintosh computers and provides an easy-to-configure LAN environment.

  • Windows workgroups identify the peer members by their computer names.

  • Windows drives and folders can be shared by right-clicking the resource in Windows Explorer and selecting Sharing from the shortcut menu.

  • Windows printers are shared in the Printers window by right-clicking a specific printer and selecting Sharing from the shortcut menu.

  • Items selected on the Macintosh desktop can be shared by clicking the File menu and then clicking Sharing.

  • Computers sharing resources on a Macintosh peer-to-peer network can be located in the Chooser when AppleShare is selected.

  • Linux computers can be configured with Samba so that they can be part of a Windows workgroup.

  • Other software products, such as Dave, allow you to connect Macintosh and Windows computers in the same workgroup.


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