Highlights of

Network Your Mac
(and Live to tell about it):
The REAL Beginner's Guide.

NETWORK YOUR MAC is designed to teach the reader the basic level of understanding necessary that will allow them to network their MACs with LocalTalk or Ethernet. It is also a reference book with step-by-step instructions to familiarize the reader with the tools, cables, hardware and software used to build a network. The current revision includes how to connect MAC's and PC's together as well and preparing your network for the internet.

Network Your Mac - Table of Contents

Section One - Introduction to Networking Basics

Chapter 1 - The Very Basics

  • What is a network?
  • Why should I network My Macintoshes?
  • File Transfer
  • File Sharing
  • Printer Sharing
  • E-Mail
  • Software Installation
  • Cross-Platform Communications
  • Networking is Fun
  • A Simple Mac Network

Chapter 2 - Talk, Talk, Talk

  • AppleTalk
  • LocalTalk
  • EtherTalk
  • TokenTalk
  • FDDITalk
  • Paul's Three Layer Model
  • Choosing the Network that's right for you

Chapter 3 - Making the Connection

  • Wiring Types
  • LocalTalk
  • Ethernet
  • LocalTalk or Ethernet?

Chapter 4 - Planning Your Network

  • Making a Network Diagram
  • Planning for a Phone Closet
  • Sizing up Current Equipment
  • Planning for Future Additions
  • Cost Estimates

Section Two - Building a LocalTalk Network

Chapter 5 - LocalTalk Equipment

  • Tools
  • Wire
  • Localtalk/PhoneNet Connectors
  • Hardware
  • Software

Chapter 6 - Connecting Macintoshes using LocalTalk

  • Daisy Chain
  • Backbone or Trunkline
  • Passive Star
  • Active Star
  • Rack Mount Systems
  • Combination Wiring
  • Termination

Section Three - Building a Twisted-Pair Ethernet Network

Chapter 7 - Ethernet Equipment

  • Tools
  • Wire
  • RJ45 Jacks
  • Ethernet Cards/Adapters
  • Internal Cards
  • External Boxes
  • Adapters for Built-in Ethernet
  • Hardware
  • Software

Chapter 8 - Connecting Macintoshes Using Ethernet

  • Wiring Options
  • Mini-Hub
  • Managed Hub
  • Daisy-Chained 10Base-T
  • Connecting the Systems

Section Four - Hybrid Networks (LocalTalk and Ethernet)

Chapter 9 - Bridging the Gap

  • Hardware Bridges
  • Software Bridges
  • Alternatives

Section Five - Tricks of the Trade Chapter 10 - Wiring Your Building

  • General Network Installation Outline
  • The Phone Closet
  • Built-in Expansion Ideas
  • Using a Numbering System
  • Pulling Wire
  • Drop Ceilings
  • Other Types of Construction
  • Wiring in Walls
  • Installing Outlet Boxes
  • Wiremold
  • Wiring the Closet
  • Wire Ties
  • Punch Down Blocks
  • Miscellaneous Hardware

Chapter 11 - Testing and Troubleshooting the Network

  • Wrapping Up and Testing
  • Isolating Problems
  • Fruit Basket Turnover (Switching Components)
  • Network management Software
  • Network Management Hardware
  • The Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP)

Section Six - Implementing the Network

Chapter 12 - Macintosh Network Software

Chapter 13 - Networking Macs and PCs Together
Chapter 14 - Preparing your Network for the Internet
Chapter 15 - Technology Update

Section Seven - Reference

 

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