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iMac For Dummies, 7th Edition by Mark L. Chambers

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Chapter 21

Building (Or Joining) a Network

In This Chapter

arrow Considering the benefits of a network

arrow Choosing between wired and wireless networks

arrow Sharing an Internet connection

arrow Gathering the stuff you need to network

arrow Making the network connection

arrow Using your network

arrow Protecting your iMac with a firewall

In my book, network access ranks right up there with air conditioning and the microwave oven. As with other “I can’t imagine life without them” kinds of technologies, it’s hard to imagine sharing data from your iMac with others around you without a network. Sure, I’ve used a sneakernet (the old-fashioned term for running back and forth between computers with a floppy disk), but these days, Apple computers don’t even have floppy drives.

Whether you use your network to share an Internet connection, ...

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