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Chapter 12. Networking > Wiring the Network

12.1. Wiring the Network

Most people connect the Macs (and other computers) in their offices using either of two connection systems: Ethernet or AirPort.

12.1.1. Ethernet Networks

These days, every Mac and every network-ready laser printer has an Ethernet jack on the back panel (see Figure 12-1). If you connect all of the Macs and Ethernet printers in your small office to a central Ethernet hub—a compact $25 box with jacks for five, ten, or even more computers and printers—you've got yourself a very fast, very reliable network. (Most people wind up trying to hide the Ethernet hub in the closet, and running the wiring either along the edges of the room or inside the walls.) You can buy Ethernet cables, plus the Ethernet hub, in any computer store or, less expensively, from an Internet-based mail-order house; hubs aren't Mac-specific.


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