Lets add in Ethernet
PCs have the chance to connect to the greatest computers of all time, the iMac, iBook and Macintosh!! (In my humble opinion)
The easiest way to connect Macs together is by an Ethernet segment (Blue).
The Ethernet segment can be 100BaseT, 10BaseT or a mixture; depending on the hub in the middle. (The hub has the red lights.)
You can have an AAUI port which you will need an adapter (aka transceiver) to change it to a RJ-45 port-
<- AAUI <- RJ-45 (aka 100BaseT & 10BaseT)
Note: We will not discuss 10Base2 (Thinnet) or 10Base5 (Thicknet) here - those use a coaxial cable for network connections.
This is pretty easy to setup, each computer has its own setup instructions. The 10BaseT model costs about $30 - $300 for the 10BaseT - 10/100BaseT hub, $17.00 per PC card, $70 per Performa card, $60.00 for a PowerMac/PC PCI card and $0.00 for the iMac & new Bondi PowerMac card.
If you had two computers to hook up, a crossover cable would work for about $10.00 or so.
Using a lower class of Mac (like the Performa above), you can access your SCSI based devices "network style".
Hooking up your Mac as a file server - Use the power of the Mac and iMac to serve up files for other Macs or PCs.
Hooking up your Mac to a 2 device network - Use that 100BaseT Fast Ethernet port!
Lets add a printer or another device - Expand that 2 device network!
Bridges - Hook two different segments together as one.
Network Experience: gYounk is a Network+ Certified Professional (2002 edition which covers AppleTalk and wireless), Microsoft Certified Professional in Windows NT Server 4.0 (1999) & Windows 2000 Server (2001), and a Certified NetWare Administrator (1996) - using a Macintosh & PC mixed network since 1986, at work and at home.
The iMac 512 is a gYounk design & programmed site.