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Networking Kit - Apple Macintosh, 1987 Object Reg. No: HT 14305

Macintosh Networking Kit containing connectors. These connectors are attached to cables to form the AppleNetworking Cable System. The Networking System was used in establishing a network connecting computers and peripherals, e.g. printers.

The first Macintosh released in 1984 contained an in-built network card, which meant that from the outset, all Macintosh computers were networkable and connectable to a printer. The network system introduced by Apple was called LocalTalk and the software that ran it was called AppleTalk. A consequence was the ability to connect multiple computers to the printer, such as the Apple LaserWriter.

The connector kit contains the components necessary to establish a network. Additional cable could be purchased separately.

By comparison, Wintel-based computers of the era needed network cards installed and these were made by a variety of manufacturers and led to difficulties in establishing operating networks. But Apple's system did not have this variable factor, and a consequence was extreme reliability. You plugged it in and it worked! This was the beginning of Apple's reputation for what came to be known as 'plug and play'.

This item is part of a representative collection of hardware, software, trade literature and promotional material that documents the history of the Apple company, and its contribution to, and impact on the computer industry and society.
White cardboard box containing:

Network cable
Junction box
Cable connectors (2)

mounted in beige plastic holder

with unopened manual wrapped in cellophane; and packing list.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from John Green
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 41 mm (Height), 210 mm (Width), 248 mm (Length)
Dimension Comment: Approximate box dimensions.

More information

Tagged with: computer networking, computers, computing
Themes this item is part of: Internet Macintosh User Group (iMug) Collection, The Apple Computer Story - The Graphic User Interface 1983-1984, The Apple Computer Story - Cable Networking 1984-1991, Information & Communication Collection
Primary Classification: COMPUTING & CALCULATING
Secondary Classification: Digital Computing
Tertiary Classification: connectors
Inscriptions: Box: top:
Coloured Apple logo
Images of box contents
Apple LocalTalk Locking Connector Kit Din 8
The AppleTalk Workgroup Connection.

Underside of box:
Coloured Apple logo
Apple LocalTalk Locking Connector Kit Din 8
Assembled in USA
© 1987 Apple Computer, Inc

Apple logo
LocalTalk Cable System Owner's Guide
Images of box contents
Replaces the AppleTalk Personal Softwrae Guide

Packing list:
Unusual Apple network logo
LocalTalk Locking Connector Kit Din-8
Packing List
Manufacturer: Apple Computer Inc, Cupertino, California, United States of America, 1987

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