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Setting Up for Networking

Mac OS X Version 10.3 includes Rendezvous networking technology. You won’t really see Rendezvous in action, but you’ll know it’s working because it will make networking computers virtually pain-free. Rendezvous helps Mac OS X more easily recognize computers connected to your LAN (Local Area Network). You create a LAN to connect two or more computers primarily to share files, storage space, printers, or even an Internet connection between systems, although other functionality can be added to more sophisticated LANs. The LAN can consist of two or more Macs connected via special cabling.

In addition to the networking capabilities in the operating system, most Macintoshes today ship with an Ethernet network installed. At a minimum, you will need to purchase an Ethernet cable to connect two Macs. (If you’re connecting two iMacs or iBooks, you need to purchase a crossover Ethernet cable.) To connect multiple computers and other devices like network-capable printers, you will need multiple Ethernet patch cables as well as a switch, hub, or router—all are devices that enable multiple connections on the network.


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