MultiPort/LT Guide

Let's Talk About LocalTalk

Nearly every Macintosh computer ever produced has a LocalTalk networking connector at the rear for free. A few dollars buys you a PhoneNET adapter and a length of phone wire. With nothing more than this you can easily daisy-chain together as many Macs as you like, and create a network. The AppleTalk Protocol which runs over this network is self-configuring, and comes free with the Mac OS. There is nothing left to do but open your chooser and find the printers, file servers and other resources all waiting out there for you. There is no other networking system in the world that provides this plug-and-play ease of use, and low, low cost.

For this self-configuring magic to work, all the AppleTalk nodes within a segment must maintain a background dialog with each other. When more than about ten or fifteen nodes are sharing a single physical segment, this management overhead begins to consume a significant portion of the limited 230Kbit/sec LocalTalk bandwidth. Then you will notice diminished throughput over your network.


Introducing the MultiPort/LT Router

One MultiPort/LT Router allows you to economically segment a large LocalTalk network into four smaller and faster logical subgroups; routing wider ranging traffic between the ports. You can build uncongested networks of up 60 Macintoshs by connecting 10 to 15 users to each port of the MultiPort/LT. By stacking MultiPort/LTs on the Ethernet Backbone, you can construct efficient LocalTalk networks supporting thousands of connected users.

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