On Feb 21, 2020, at 1:47 PM, Cameron Kaiser via cctalk
<cctalk at classiccmp.org> wrote:
I am using an HP 9000 Series 360 with a
"Thin LAN" coax card to run a
piece of equipment. The LAN connection is not currently being used. I'm
wondering if it's possible to connect it to a modern ethernet network?
If so, what could I do with it? I found an adapter on Amazon. I would
like to be able to transfer files and possibly print. The file systems
are not compatible except for maybe ASCII files. Anyone have any
thoughts? Even if I could transfer files into another HP 9000 system it
would be beneficial.
Thinnet is "just Ethernet." All you need is some sort of transceiver to
connect it, and many old hubs have Thinnet ports right on them (my trusty
10baseT Allied Telesyn hub has such a port).
I think I have the same model.
One other possibility, just in case you have that kind of gear: if you have any classic
(thick Ethernet) transceivers, you can connect a thick Ethernet cable to a thin one. Just
use an N to BNC adapter (barrel, not T connector as some fools at the magazine RSTS
Professional did years ago). You'd apply the thinwire cable length and station count
limits, in the unlikely event it matters. Terminate at each end (of the whole cable
assembly) as always. Both cables are 50 ohms, which is sufficient (the differences in
cable loss and propagation velocity are irrelevant).