ARCHIVED: In Mac OS, what is Classic Networking, and should I use it?
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Classic Networking refers to the Mac OS communications
software before the release of Open Transport. The primary
components are MacTCP and the
panel, which enable access to TCP/IP and
AppleTalk networks, respectively.
Classic Networking requires less disk space, processing power, and memory than Open Transport, so it is ideal for slower computers and older versions of the system software. However, it is not compatible with Mac OS 7.6 or higher, nor will it even work on newer model computers. In general, it is less stable and capable.
Last modified on March 31, 2010.