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Part I: Plan and Create the Network > Plan Your Mac Network

Chapter 1. Plan Your Mac Network

The first thing is to plan your network so that you can set it up the right way. In this chapter, you’ll assess what you need for the network, decide how to connect the computers and devices in the network, choose the hardware, and gather Internet connection information. Chapter 2 then shows you how to put your network hardware together, and Chapter 3 walks you through installing Mac OS X Server.

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This chapter—and most of this book—assumes that you’re creating a server-based network for your Macs. If you need to network only a handful of Macs—for example, at a branch office or at home—you may want to consider a peer-to-peer network instead, in which the client Macs share files and provide services to each other without using a server. See Chapter 20 for a discussion of how to set up a peer-to-peer network using Mac OS X.



  

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