ArcNet and the Pursuit of Multiple Topologies

From: One Without Reason <>
Date: Wed Oct 10 17:05:56 2001

There was another network that completely slipped my
mind. Myrinet. MYRINET!!!!

Peace... Sridhar

On Wed, 10 Oct 2001, John Ruschmeyer wrote:

> Sounds a lot like a box I've been threatening to build for a while.
> On the Ethernet side, I'd not worry about specific 10bT and ThickNet
> segments. Instead, I'd run a single 10b2 (ThinNet) segment and get a 10bT
> hub with a BNC uplink. This also had the advantage of saving you a slot in
> the box. Don't worry about ThickNet, just pick up a couple of spare 10bT or
> 10b2 tranceivers for the odd box with an AUI port.
> Since you've got LocalTalk running to the box, then I'd also run MacGate
> which would let you run MacIP (IP over LocalTalk).
> As for other fun topologies, you already mentioned TokenRing. My personal
> choice would be to also add HomePNA (Ethernet over phonelines). The 1MB
> HomePNA 1.0 cards (the only ones supported by Linux)are very cheap these
> days. I picked up a pair from Computer Geeks ( for
> something like $12. Now if I could just find a cheap Ethernet/HomePNA bridge
> for the Nubus Mac in the spare bedroom...
> <<<John>>>
> -----Original Message-----
> Date: Tue, 9 Oct 2001 12:50:01 -0500
> From: Tarsi <>
> Subject: ArcNet and the Pursuit of Multiple Topologies
> Dear all,
> I've decided that one of my goals is to run every networking topology
> possible in my house, regardless if I actually NEED to run them or not. :)
> My plan is to place 1 linux box running a card from each topology in it and
> use that to bridge all (or almost all) topologies.
> I currently have running 10bT ethernet, 10b2 ethernet, Localtalk over
> PhoneNET and the beginnings of Arcnet.
> In light of such, I have a series of questions:
> 1) Who knows some stuff about ArcNet? I've gotten 4 cards (8-bit ISA) and
> a
> 16-port active hub. I've read somewhere that cards are either hubbable or
> not. Any other info on that?
> 2) Anyone have any (I think it is) 93ohm coax arcnet patch cables that they
> want to get rid of?
> 3) Anyone got good resources on ThickNET? (10b5 I think it is?) I know it
> was run back in the day, and I know some precursory things about it (the
> funky vampire taps, etc.) Anyone have either resources or hardware on this
> topology that they'd like to share/sell/etc? :)
> 4) Any other interesting topologies I should try? I have plans to do:
> Arcnet, FDDI, Token ring, Localtalk, 10b2, 10b5, 10bT, 10bTX, 10bFiber, and
> (eventually) 802.11b wireless.
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