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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. TCP/IP is the default protocol on pretty much every current client operating system including Windows XP, Mac OS X, and the various distributions of Linux (such as Lycoris Desktop and Red Hat).

Since most PCs in a peer-to-peer network also need to access the Internet, the configuration of the TCP/IP protocol on the computer is essential. We look at configuring TCP/IP on a Windows XP computer later in the chapter (more about TCP/IP is discussed in Chapter 12, “TCP/IP Network Administration”).


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