Connecting two or more computers is a relatively non-complicated procedure when the computers are both PCs, and Macintosh or Apple. However, the procedure becomes more complex when you attempt to connect one platform to the other. To connect an Apple computer with an IBM -compatible personal computer to enable users to share files or a printer, networking them together might be your best option. All you need is the right equipment and a little computer knowledge. Specifically, you'll need certain hardware and software to accomplish a network connection. First, you should probably determine which type of software you want to use. That is, if you want to connect an IBM with two or more Apples, you might want to select PC software, whereas if you want to hook up two or more IBMs with an Apple model, you might want to use Apple software. This will minimize the amount of software you'll have to install. Concerning hardware, you need an Ethernet port or card that will allow an Ethernet connection. Then, assuming you're installing PC software on a Mac, you'll need to activate the Appletalk software that is built-in on your Macintosh. Next you'll install a program that allows your Mac to talk to a PC and understand the programming languages PCs use. Then you can use an Ethernet connection, cable, and hub to physically connect the computers.
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