Apple Computer Peripherals

There weren't many peripherals for Apple computers made by third-party companies. They usually made small devices extending Mac's capabilities, but not full-sized equipment. As Apple released series of printers, displays, speakers, cameras, scanners and network equipment not many companies decided to compete with them.


EtherLAN AAUI 10Base-T  
Manufactured by: Focus Enhancements

 

 

Type: Network transceiver
Interface:
Apple AAUI to RJ-45 transceiver
Information:
The AAUI was re-designed AUI interface to connect network transceivers. Because it wasn't much more than doubled high-speed serial interface, all network interfacing functions had to be made by transceiver. This made transceivers expensive, and Macs with ethernet built-in were more expensive too.

  

    

 

ADB to DB9 converter?  
Manufactured by: Apple

 

 

Type: ?Interface converter?
Interface:
ADB?
Information:
Here's something in which the only thing I can say is I DON'T KNOW. It has male DB9 plug on the one end and male ADB (with its symbol) on the other. It's not good to connect early Apple mouse, because DB9 is male and not good to connect ADB peripheral.

    

 

Mac 512K LocalTalk transceiver  
Manufactured by: Apple

 

 

Type: Network transceiver
Interface:
Macintosh 512K serial port
Information:
This piece of equipment converts Mac 512K DB9 serial port to LocalTalk Local network. The network is created by daisy-chaining Mac computers with twisted-pair cable ended with 3-pin mini DIN plugs. Transceiver supports automatic bus termination (made with normally-closed switch).

    

 

 


Apple Personal LaserWriter 320  
Manufactured by: Apple

 

 

Type: Laser printer
Interface:
Apple Serial port/LocalTalk.
Information:
In early 1990s Apple released a series of printers for home or small office users. Their quality wasn't good, but they were cheap. Personal LaserWriter 320 is one of these printers. It still works and prints well from Mac OS 9.
If you have problems with toner, the good thing is that there's no chip and toner cartridges from HP LaserJet 4 L/ML/MP/HP/P work well.

Technical Specification from Apple
Manual from Apple

Driver from Apple's Website: Part1 Part2 Part3 Part4 Readme
 

 


Apple Studio Display 17"  
Manufactured by: Apple

 

Type: Monitor
Interface:
DB15 VGA (normal one with 3 rows of pins)
Information:
Introduced in 1999, these monitors work good with resolutions up to 1600x1200 and have a good Trinitron CRT. Some versions have USB switch built-in.
Technical specifications in Apple website

Manuals (in Apple website):
 - Setting up
 - User's Manual

       

 

 


GeoPort Telecom Adapter  
Manufactured by: Apple

Type: Modem
Interface:
Apple Macintosh serial port
Information:
This is a modem for Apple computers. It's slow, it uses unusual features of Mac's serial port (specification called GeoPort) and takes lots of CPU power to run. It could be forced to run at 33.6kbit/s, but it made poor quality connection with lots of retries. It worked best with 9600bit/s.

   

 

 


Apple StyleWriter II  
Manufactured by: Apple

Type: Ink printer
Interface:  Apple Macintosh Serial port
Information:
StyleWriter II (1993) was based on Cannon BJC printer and used Canon BC-02 monochrome cartridges only. It was monochrome, 360DPI, and had 128kB of cache memory. In practice data transfer is going faster than in LaserWriter 320.

You can use StyleWriter 1200 driver for it in Chooser. If printer port doesn't work, try using it in modem port, as mine works here better.
To print test page, turn printer on while still keeping power button pressed for about 6 seconds. The page contains a standard nozzle test pattern, ROM revision and printer image.
When cleaning, remember that the last paper carrier wheels, in the front case, are VERY fragile.

StyleWriter II on Apple website

 

       

 

 


Apple Accessory kit  
Manufactured by: Apple

Type: Documentation
Interface: n.a.
Information:
These boxes were added to every Mac set purchased. They contained manuals, warranty cards, Disk Utility bootdisk (model-specific), operating system installation disks and some advertisement material. My kits are for LC 475 and some early PowerPC Mac. Some books are in Polish, some are in English. Most of these are complete manuals which can guide totally unexperienced user - see the photo of one page from manual! AppleCD manual is not only manual for CD-ROM drive, but a guide to then-popular multimedia technology!
These are very good manuals, with very good drawings depicting every step of connecting peripherals and using computer.
System 7 disks were supplied in nice envelope shown in the photo, later disks were supplied in ordinary plastic bags.

    

 


Apple Final Cut keyboard  
Manufactured by: Apple / BSP Europe

Type: Keyboard
Interface: USB
Information:
Typical Apple A1048 keyboard, nice and comfortable, but with unusual modification. Modified keycaps have been manufactured by BSP Europe. This company offered keycaps for different professional programs to make using of these programs easier.
This keyboard has caps for Final Cut Pro video editing program.