If you want to use machines that are already set up as part of another kind of private network, talk to your network administrator and figure out how to run TCP/IP packets over that network, if it's possible. AppleTalk will deal with it, giving you a slower but extremely cheap option between Macintoshes. There are all kinds of ways to do this, though again, stick with Ethernet unless you have good reason not to. Don't skimp on network equipment unless you really enjoy aspirin. Good suppliers will give you clear explanations and support, while cheap boards may skimp on directions and require perverse installations.
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