HP 9000 Series 360 Thin LAN

Paul Koning paulkoning at comcast.net
Fri Feb 21 12:32:19 CST 2020

> On Feb 21, 2020, at 1:19 PM, Roger Addy via cctech <cctech at classiccmp.org> wrote:
> Hi All,
> 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.

Assuming it's standard 10Base2 Ethernet, you need either a 2 to T adapter, a repeater with BNC as well as RJ45 connectors, or a repeater with an AUI connector plus a 10Base2 AUI.

I still have tucked away somewhere a repeater with a couple of RJ45 ports plus a BNC port.  You'll also need at least one terminator -- most likely a 10BaseT repeater port is internally terminated but the NIC almost certainly is not, meaning you'd have to hook it up with a T connector that has a terminator on it.

Given the above hardware, you'd connect either to a 10/100 switch, or a 10/100/1000 switch.  Supposedly Gigabit Ethernet devices are supposed to be backward compatible all the way to 10 Mb Ethernet, but I'm not so sure this is at all common.  But I'd expect a 100 Mb switch to support 10 Mb Ethernet.  (Any that don't probably aren't worth using because such a major conformance failure suggests other failures might be present as well.)


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