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The Apple Computer Story - Cable Networking 1984-1991

Networking Cable System - Apple

Image: Networking Cable System - Apple

Source: Museum Victoria

Several stages have been identified in the history of the Apple Computer Company from 1976 to 2002. These stages are not necessarily chronological and, in fact, some overlap in time.

This narrative deals with one of those stages.

Each stage is described in a separate narrative.

The complete list of stages is:

Apple I Launched 1976
Corporate Rise 1977-1983
The Graphic User Interface 1983-1984
Desktop Publishing 1985-1991 
Imaging 1987-1994
Cable Networking 1984-1991
Portability 1977 onwards
Digital Video 1991
Apple loses its way 1991-1996
Return to Roots 1996-1999
MegaHertz War Myth 1994-2005
UNIX operating system adopted 1999 and 2001
Wireless connectivity introduced 1999
Music for the Millions 2001onwards

Cable Networking 1984 - 1991

Apple introduced an advanced networking system into its Macintosh computers right from the outset. The combination of built-in network hardware, network cabling, specially designed connectors and smart software allowed computers and other devices such as printers to be networked. They were networked in a daisy-chain configuration. This environment, known as 'plug and play' allowed users to plug in any component and instantly use it; this was unmatched by competitors. With the advent of the LaserWriter in 1985, multiple users on a network could share a very expensive printer, and if there were multiple printers on the network, choose which printer to print to. Networking efficiency was an element in the desktop publishing advance that saw Apple technology rapidly move forward. With the establishment of local area networks came a desire and need to share files amongst a group of users. The arrival of the SE30 in 1989, a powerful computer for its day, allowed file sharing to occur economically. The Macintosh operating system supported the sharing of volumes and folders to other computers on the network without recourse to the server software needed on competing computing systems. Ethernet cards could be added to the SE30 to improve the speed of file transfer, as AppleTalk was not useful for larger size files, which by then were common. The all-in-one-box meant that a monitor was always there for network administration, so avoiding more expensive Macintosh options. The SE30 proved to be long lasting and reliable.

'Cable networking 1984-1991' is represented in the Apple Collection from 1984 onwards by Macintosh computer Network cable and connectors
'Cable networking 1984-1991' is represented in the Apple Collection from 1989 to 1991 by: Macintosh SE30 Server.

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