Mac OS 9 includes Open Transport, system software that enables a Mac OS computer to connect to virtually any kind of network.
Most networks use one of the following two types of cables and connectors:
LocalTalk connectors and standard telephone cables connect to the serial ports of computers and network printers. Devices are daisy-chained—linked one after another. LocalTalk is cheap and easy networking, but it is very slow.
Ethernet cables connect to the Ethernet ports or Ethernet network interface cards of computers and network printers. Depending on the type of port and size of the network, additional hardware such as transceivers and hubs may be needed. Ethernet is faster than LocalTalk and is widely used ...