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Ethernet for more than two computers
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Ethernet for two (and only two) computers
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Apple's AirPort and other wireless network options
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Products that use home phone lines to create a network
Connecting LocalTalk networks to Ethernet
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LocalTalk networks for two (and only two) Macs
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LocalTalk networks for more than two Macs
Setting up a Crossover Ethernet Network

For people who need to connect just two computers, a crossover Ethernet network is probably the cheapest option. You can find an Ethernet crossover in the cable section of most computer stores for under $20.

When shopping for a crossover Ethernet cable, make sure it says crossover, as there are two types of Ethernet cable and crossover is specially-made for two-computer networking.

If you're technically inclined, you can build your own crossover cable. See the MakeItSimple.com crossover or GCC crossover cable pages for directions and detailed pin connection info.

Are you Ethernet ready?
In order to use a crossover (or any other) Ethernet connection, your Mac must have an Ethernet port. All Macs made recently have such a port, pictured at the right and marked with the icon <--->. If your Mac doesn't have an Ethernet port, see the Ethernet Adapters page for information on obtaining one.

Making the connection
A crossover connection is straightforward, just plug one end of the cable into each computer. This completes the hardware side of your network.

What to do next
Once you have your computers connected, see the functional parts of the site (Move Files, Share Internet, etc) to make your network do something.
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