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What are zones?

Preface

Okay, so you've just set up your first network. Or perhaps you're looking at an existing network for the first time. Once you open the AppleTalk control panelpict_icon picture, however, you can't help but notice the line at the bottom that says zones. Maybe it has a little drop-down menu that says things like Second Floor or Building 12, or perhaps it has the message No Zones Available. This is your first exposure to an AppleTalk Zone, which is fortunately somewhat less forboding than the Twilight Zone.

What is an AppleTalk Zone?

A zone is a discrete group of networked computers and printers, a subnetwork within a larger network. Zones are a kind of network barrier; computers inside a zone can access others within the same zone but not those in other zones. Zones are usually created with efficiency or security in mind, since a single huge network is both more confusing and harder to maintain than a smaller one. Zones are usually used by larger companies, since you don't usually need to divide small networks into smaller pieces. Companies that have multiple zones in their network typically name zones according to geographical location (such as Second Floor) or the people who use them (Marketing Dept). Although zones are usually created to manage and control the information Zones don't just happen, though; setting up a zone requires the use of a bridging device, like a router qm_icon picture, to pass the information back and forth. For more info, check out the Understanding AppleTalk Routing page.

Can you explain that No Zones Available thing?

When you open the AppleTalk control panel while connected to a network that has no zones, the message No Zones Available appears below the selected type of networking. This isn't an error message, it's just telling you there are no network zones available to you. This can be confusing for first-time network users, since you usually don't run across zones unless you're connected to a large network. If you're running a small network home, it doesn't really apply to you, so don't worry too much about it.

Still not clear?

Problem still not solved? Questions linger? If so, please send mail and I'll do my best to help out. I try to answer all mail with 24 hours, although it can take longer if the answer requires some research.

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