Farallon Etherwave Driver?

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I'm trying to test a Farallon Etherwave ethernet connector. I have the doodad and the PCMCIA card. When I turn on the PB 190cs the adapter makes clicky sounds and blinky orange and green lights, but the message on the screen is "the correct software you need to use the PC card...is not installed. ...eject now?" I have it hooked up to a PB G3 Lombard.

It sees the card, it shows up on the desktop. Does anybody have a link for a driver for this old thing? It says on the back, signaling rate 10 bps.

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Take your pick

Farallon is now owned by Proxim. Farallon's drivers are available still, however, at

this page

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Thanks

Got the driver, no more error message. Now I just have to remember how to make the two powerbooks talk to each other...

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Since neither PB is auto-MDIX

Since neither PB is auto-MDIX, you will need a crossover ethernet cable rather than a patch cable to join them. If the Farallon cable is as the cables for use with my Farallon EtherMac 10Base-T PCMCIA cards are, it is a patch cable. Therefore you will need to interpose an ethernet hub at least, and connect that to the other PB with a crossover cable.

Depending on the OSs concerned, either AppleTalk alone or AppleTalk over TCP/IP will enable connection of the PBs. Activate filesharing, AppleTalk, Users and Groups and TCP/IP in both PBs, and you should be right to make either one the server, and the remaining one the client. A hub (or a switch/router) will also enable either PB, or both PBs, to talk outside this mini-LAN to the WAN, given an Internet connection and a DSL 'modem'. If your switch happens to be auto-MDIX it will eliminate the patch/crossover problem entirely.

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Yeah, I know

I thought the cable I already had from Goodwill might be a crossover, (I also have straight through cables that I already knew would not work), but when I tried all those things you mentioned, they didn't see each other. So I guess I'll have to actually get a new cable. Or a hub. Maybe they will have one of those at Goodwill this weekend! Smile

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Re: Yeah, I know

sludgedragon wrote:

I thought the cable I already had from Goodwill might be a crossover, (I also have straight through cables that I already knew would not work), but when I tried all those things you mentioned, they didn't see each other. So I guess I'll have to actually get a new cable. Or a hub. Maybe they will have one of those at Goodwill this weekend! Smile

By the time you've bought a crossover cable, you're about halfway to 10/100 switch (hub).

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It is worth remembering that

It is worth remembering that hubs and switches are not the same in action. A hub makes any input available to all outlets simultaneously in a kind of blunderbuss action. A switch routes input only to one designated output, although several such input/output pair arrangements may happen at once. Hubs are common in 10Base-T networks. Most switches are 10/100Base-T. In a LAN with mixed Macs of 10 and 100Base-T capabilities, hubs are often of value to connect, into a 10/100Base-T environment, older 10Base-T members that predate autonegotiation. The older hubs also have a switchable Uplink port which is wired in crossover.

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Not just Macs

It's worth noting that autonegotiation problems don't just affect Mac ethernet cards (notably Asante but others too). Second generation PCI cards from 3Com for PCs (3C900 and 3C900B) often have diffficulties with non-3Com switches, for example.

An alternative to a hub is to use a managed switch on which you can configure the attributes of each physical port (ie configure the desired port as 10Mbps, non-duplex for use with a problem card). Second hand managed switches are now sufficiently cheap on the second hand market to be a realistic purchase if you have a lot of computers.