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I want to network 2 macs, 1 printer, 1 scanner, a modem and a zip drive together.  What is the cheapest configuration i can have(I dont really care if i use ethernet or local talk)?  would i need an ethernet hub if i DID use ethernet?  or could i network with plain ethernet wires.
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Sure you can use plain ethernet wires or local talk to connect 2 Macs.
The problem is the printer. If you use ethernet and the printer is connected
with local talk you need a ethernet to local talk bridge or a Printer server
program on one of your MACs.
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Ethernet is much faster, so if your printer is equipped for it, I'd recommend taking advantage. Most modern macs have Ethernet built in, but your printer might cost a few extra bucks for an Ethernet option. In our network, we bought printers Ethernet-ready. To connect our macs, we bought an Asante FriendlyNet hub for each machine which I believe were about $35 each. They plug right into the back of the macs, and from there we simply had to buy the cabling to go between the devices. We did need a T-connector and a terminator for each printer, but all that stuff was very inexpensive out of the DataComm catalogs. Compared to Localtalk, it's much much faster, and you'd have to buy PhoneNet connectors anyway. Hopefully the Ethernet card for your printer is cheap enough.
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Ethernet is much faster, so if your printer is equipped for it, I'd recommend taking advantage. Most modern macs have Ethernet built in, but your printer might cost a few extra bucks for an Ethernet option. In our network, we bought printers Ethernet-ready. To connect our macs, we bought an Asante FriendlyNet hub for each machine which I believe were about $35 each. They plug right into the back of the macs, and from there we simply had to buy the cabling to go between the devices. We did need a T-connector and a terminator for each printer, but all that stuff was very inexpensive out of the DataComm catalogs. Compared to Localtalk, it's much much faster, and you'd have to buy PhoneNet connectors anyway. Hopefully the Ethernet card for your printer is cheap enough. The modem and zip connect through other cables altogether.
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