Wanted: IBM PC compatible 8 or 16 bit Arcnet cards

Grant Taylor cctalk at gtaylor.tnetconsulting.net
Tue Dec 14 19:00:27 CST 2021

On 12/13/21 2:44 PM, Ethan Dicks via cctalk wrote:
> The Doom application contained a network stack that would handle the 
> higher layers.  IIRC, you still had to load a packet driver shim, 
> but perhaps not.  It's been a loooong time since I've done it.

I know that Doom was an IPX capable network game.  It's more that I had 
mis-categorized ARCnet in my head as an atypical / non-standard network. 
  I now know that I was incorrect in that.

> But you definitely could play up to 4 players when each machine had 
> an ARCnet card.  Ethernet cards worked too but they cost a lot more 
> at the time.
> https://apenwarr.ca/arcnet/howto/cabling.html
> You just take 4 BNCs and 4 resistors.  Tie all the grounds together 
> (can use a metal bar or wire or whatever) and connect one resistor 
> to each core and tie all 4 resistors together.


Thank you for elaborating.

> In other words, ARCnet supports a Star topology that Ethernet does not. 
> It's a token-passing scheme, not CSMA (collision detection).


Grant. . . .
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