Hot To Connect An Apple MacBook Pro To AppleTalk


31.10.2011

Hot To Connect An Apple MacBook Pro To AppleTalk

Most of Apple users already heard and probably used AppleTalk. This is a property networking technology that is generally used by older Mac computers. The fact that is used by more “ancient” Mac computers also means this isn’t available in versions of Mac OS X released after Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard.

With other words, a connection between your MacBook Pro and AppleTalk network can be created only if the device is running Mac OS X 10.4 or 10.5. But we are speaking here about a direct connection. This is because all the MacBooks that are using newer versions of Mac OS X can connect to AppleTalk indirectly with the use of both an AppleTalk and Internet Protocol network simultaneously. This technique also requires one Mac on both networks. Another way would require for the user to shut down AppleTalk and using Mac OS X Sharing instead.

Let’s take a deeper look into this problem and the required things a user needs to do. As you already know AppleTalk networking was available on Classic Mac OS. This is also known for some users as the “System” for older Mac users. At the beginning it was installed on the Mac under the version 10.0. On the other hand the movement to the devices was made under version Mac OS X 10.6. This was mainly done because of the more advance Internet Protocol networking this version offers. But this also means that if you bought a MacBook with Mac OS X 10.6 or later on it there wasn’t the possibility of using the service.

But the question comes, and especially for older Macs that cannot be upgraded to more recent versions of Mac OS X, would be why should they even use AppleTalk? Well the answer is very simple: is the best service that does the job done. Also keep in mind that it is advised for newer networks to not use it as much as possible because of the problems with compatibility with newer versions of Mac OS X. Also if by any chance you are running on an older Mac that has Mac OS X 10.2 or later there is the possibility of switching them over to Internet Protocol networking without losing any functionality. But let’s take a look at the use of peripherals. If by any chance you are using any peripherals that can only use AppleTalk networking the rule is simple: just connect them directly to an older Mac using USB. On the other hand keep in mind that you are required to use Mac OS X to share them to your MacBook Pro.

Now let’s move forward and talk about the possibility of using older Macs as Network Bridges. This comes very handy if your MacBook cannot communicate with AppleTalk networks. By using one of your older Macs as a “bridge” you are able to connect both the AppleTalk network and an Internet Protocol network. But what would be the solution if you don’t own an older Mac? You should check the manual for your AppleTalk networked peripherals. This is a useful way to determine if you can use a networking protocol other than AppleTalk.

Last but not least we should have a look at bridging and sharing. It is a general rule to choose the fastest of your older Macs on your AppleTalk network as your bridge. There is also the possibility of a direct connection to your older peripherals.  You should connect it to the resources that you desire to share with other MacBooks. I am speaking here about things like external hard drives and printers. In general, we are facing with a connection enabled on these peripherals anywhere on your AppleTalk network. Keep in mind in this case that there are some peripherals that require moving them directly to your bridge Mac. The connection for this Mac should be made with the use of Ethernet or Airport and the Internet Protocol network that your MacBook Pro is using. If by any chance there is already a sharing taking place by wireless methods, than the connection is already in place.

Just open the Sharing preference pane located in your System Preferences on this Mac and allow sharing of all your peripherals that you want to see visible on your MacBook Pro. This will allow your MacBook Pro to see these AppleTalk peripherals through your bridge Mac. After that, it offers the network request, referring here to things like file transfers and printing. This is created through the bridge.

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