AppleTalk is a network operating
system designed to connect Apple computers. Its components are built
on Macintosh operating systems. There are two main versions of
AppleTalk depending on how many years in the past the network was
implemented, Phase 1 and Phase 2. Phase 2 is the current
installation as of about 2002. If anyone knows of something more
current they should let me know.
AppleTalk/LocalTalk networks make use of CSMA/CA a media access control method. STP cabling is usually used. But it is possible to use UTP or Fiber Optic cabling depending on cost and/or performance issues. The network topology is a bus or tree.
A LocalTalk network is limited to 32 nodes. LocalTalk is the data link layer protocol originally used for Macintoshes. Macintosh computers using LocalTalk are linked together using their printer ports.
AppleShare is used as the file and print sharing protocol on AppleTalk networks.
Rules of Engagement. AppleTalk networks make use of an addressing scheme in which each computer
AppleTalk was designed for small networks. Fortunately, these small networks can be connected together. Each subnetwork is called a zone and has a name for identification. Resources in other zones can be configured so that they can be accessed by a click on the zone name.
AppleTalk networks can be fairly directly connected to networks of other architectures such as Ethernet or Token Ring. Apple has developed EtherTalk or TokenTalk, which are cards that enable Macintosh computers to connect to networks operating under 802.3 and 802.5 specifications, respectively.
Some of the major advantages of AppleTalk are
Some of the major disadvantages are