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Network our Mac hub to Novell hub

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Hello,
Our graphics dept. has nine Macs on an ethernet hub working great for three years now.  Our MIS wants to hook our hub to theirs so we can have e-mail and fast internet. Their huh runs netware and has over 6,000 Windows 3.2  computers attached.

They say NO APPLETALK on our network! Bad, bad!

What are our options? Is it possible to still run Appletalk? If we go to TCP/IP will we lose AppleTalk's ease of use?

We don't want to give AppleTalk up just for e-mail and fast internet.  Any suggestions?

-- Dave
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by:rbr
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Why no appletalk. You should be able to use TCP/IP and appletalk over the same hub. Our company has many MACs and PC which shares the same ethernet wires. Ethertalk and TCP/IP can work together without problems.
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Appletalk is very chatty thus not ideal for large networks.  You can go to OT and TCP/IP and should have no problems. If you find you do need Appletalk for some things, have your IS department segment you off the main network with routers so Appletalk is only used on the local subnet.
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by:khemicals
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rather than using an expensive router... a simple switched hub should be able to accomplish what you want.... and a router would make things much more expensive and difficult from the IS perspective... just hook all of the macs into a switched hub... that will speed up the mac network performance and allow only network traffic destined for the rest of the network to reach the rest of the network.... solving the chattiness problem and keeping costs down a bit
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by:TheHub
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MIS should know how to integrate you into their network. It is always the big fun to ask them questions they cannot answer. Ask them this, "How come we are not on the BIG network yet?" They will then hem and haw. Your reply is, of course, "What are we paying you for, I forget?" Quickly go back to your designing without waiting for an answer. AppleTalk, by the way, is required to talk to your printers. Even if they are connected over ethernet they still use the AppleTalk protocol.
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