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Chapter 8. Networking > Rendezvous

8.7. Rendezvous

Rendezvous is Apple's name for a suite of network technologies that brings to IP networking much of the same ease of configuration and service discovery that AppleTalk brought to Macintosh networking in 1985. Unlike the AppleTalk set of protocols, however, Rendezvous functions fully within the much more common IP networks.

The first piece of Rendezvous, link-local addressing, allows your Mac to at least function on the local IP subnet without configuration by you or a DHCP server. Rendezvous does this by assigning to the Mac an unused IP number in the 169.254/16 range when it finds no DHCP server on the network. Thanks to this feature, you can simply plug a number of Macs (or Windows and Linux machines that support link-local addressing) into a hub, turn them on, and have an ad hoc IP network up and running.


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