Overview#AppleTalk was a proprietary network Protocol Suite developed by Apple Inc. and included a number of features that allow Local Area Networks to be connected with no prior setup or the need for a centralized router or server of any sort.
Connected AppleTalk-equipped systems automatically assign addresses, update the distributed namespace, and configure any required inter-networking routing.
AppleTalk was released in 1985, and was the primary network Protocol Suite used by Apple devices through the 1980s and 1990s. Versions were also released for the IBM PC and compatibles and the Apple IIGS. AppleTalk support was also available in most networked printers (especially laser printers), some file servers, and a number of routers.
More Information#There might be more information for this subject on one of the following:
- Address Resolution Protocol
- Apple Directory
- Logical Link Control
- VINES Internetwork Protocol
- Xerox Network Systems