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by Tom Nelson

Ever since the introduction of the Mac in 1984, Apple has included built-in networking support. Nowadays, an Ethernet port or built-in Wi-Fi is not only expected, but quite mundane as well. But in 1984, having a computer with built-in networking was a bit revolutionary.

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Apple originally made use of a networking system it called AppleTalk, which allowed those early Macs to not only communicate with each other, but more importantly, to share what was, back then, very expensive laser printer systems. These printers became part of the desktop publishing revolution that the early Macs tapped into.

To understand the importance of AppleTalk, and later, EtherTalk, systems that Apple used, you have to go back and see what type of networks were available in 1984.

Read more on About: Macs.

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