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Mac Gty: Using a Bridge or Router on an AppleTalk Network

Article ID: 50147

Article Last Modified on 2/27/2007


  • Microsoft Mail for AppleTalk Networks 2.0
  • Microsoft Mail for AppleTalk Networks 2.0a
  • Microsoft Mail for AppleTalk Networks 2.0b
  • Microsoft Mail for Appletalk Networks 3.0

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An AppleTalk bridge links two AppleTalk networks with the same ID. It is commonly used to overcome the AppleTalk limitation of 32 nodes per segment. With a bridge, the AppleTalk segment is split into two segments (with the same ID), allowing each segment to hold 32 nodes.

NOTE: Depending on the type of connectors, cable, and topology you are using, each AppleTalk segment can expand a signal up to a fixed cable length.

An AppleTalk router links two AppleTalk networks with different IDs. It is commonly used to connect different AppleTalk networks on a local area network (LAN). For example, in a company X, the Sales department has an AppleTalk network (with ID = 10) and the Inventory department has another one (with ID = 20). An AppleTalk router can link these two AppleTalk networks.


There are several brands of bridges and routers used with AppleTalk networks; some can act as both a bridge and/or a router. If you want to know about some of these devices, please contact your local Apple dealer. Microsoft does not sell any bridges or routers for AppleTalk networks.

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