Ethernet Card Info
This page has all the info I have collected on using various ethernet cards
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Jeff wrote to tell me about his success using a D-Link PCI ethernet card in his 6400 and also suggested I start a page for all ethernet card info. I thought that was a great idea so here it is :) Thanks Jeff!
If anyone has a card they would like me to add here, just email me and tell me your story :) Thanks.
9/9/03 D-Link DFE-530TX network card sold in Europe will not work on our Macs!: A reader sent word that the European version of this card does not have the "+" in the name and does not work on his 6400. Thanks for the info.
12/22/2003 Bad experience with the D-Link 530TX+ ethernet card: I don't know if this will happen to many people trying this ethernet card but Gregg wanted to warn us about what might happen. Thanks Gregg! Read on to find out what happened.
2/28/2004 More on the DFE 530TX+ ethernet card: There seems to be some discrepancies as to whether this card will work or not on our Macs? Some say it does and others say it doesn't. Jeff, who originally wrote in about this card, wrote back to say that he just tried the latest version from D-link and it works just great for him. Thanks Jeff! Click here to read past info on this card.
Here are two versions of the Mac drivers I found on Realteks web site.
Also I just purchased this card and although I have not tried it in my 6400, it works great in my B&W G3 running OSX 10.2.8. And It came with OS 8.x / OS 9.x drivers. Click here to download them.
Please let me know if either of these work for any of you? Thanks.
7/6/04 - Update on using a ethernet cards with Realtek chip sets: Daan posted some information that is found in the readme that come with the Realtek drivers that could help some people having trouble with these cards. Thanks Daan.
Falk has another reason for why some of these cards may not work. Thanks Falk.
Last week I installed Farallons 10/100 COMM II slot fast ethernet card. This card goes in the same slot as your internal modem uses so you will have to remove it before inserting the ethernet card.
Farallon part#YPN998L for $89.99
Installation was very simple. Just remove your mother board, then remove the internal modem if installed and place the ethernet card in the same slot. This is the slot behind the PCI riser card. Now just press the mother board reset button and place the mother board back in the computer. Boot and install the software then restart. I suggest disabling Apples Ethernet extensions before running this card to make sure there is no compatibility issues.
Once restarted goto your Apple Talk control panel and then select make active and then the window will open. Select the Ethernet setting in the Connect Via window then close the control panel. Now you need to open the File Sharing control panel (or Sharing Setup depending on your OS version) and set it up. This involves giving your Mac a name and a password. Now click on Start File Sharing and close this control panel. The last thing to do is once File Sharing has started you need to select something to share. The easiest thing to do is click once on your HD icon and then under the File menu pick Get Info then Sharing (or just Sharing depending on your OS version). In here you can tell the OS to make this shared and set up who gets to view it. Once this is done then any oter Mac on your network can view your HD if they have the password. You can also allow guests to have access without a password.
On another Mac you can now goto your Chooser and then select Apple Share and your 6400 will appear in the window if all went well.
It worked flawlessly for me. Since this was for my future cable modem I didn't have much to test it on yet except with my PB 233/G3. I hooked the 2 togeter with a crossover cable (needed when 2 computers are connected without a hub) and I was instantly accessing the 6400 from the PB. I tried copying over the latest AOL 4 install which is 12+MB and it took less than 30sec to complete. Very fast! The PB only has 10B-T so I won't see the full potential of this card unless I get another computer with a 10/100 ethernet card.
Update 2/6/1999: Farallon has released optimized drivers for its Fast EtherTX-10/100 PCI and Comm Slot II Ethernet cards and Mac OS 8.5. The company claims performance improvements of "up to 35% on file transfers over a leading third-party card."
Update 6/24/1999 Farallons 2.0 extension for their 10/100 COMM II ethernet card not compatible with OS 8.6: Ever since getting my cable modem and upgrading to OS 8.6 I have been having some more shut down freezes. I traced it to Farallons "Farallon FastENPlus" version 2.0 extension. It was an update to make the card run faster but it seems to be incompatible with OS 8.6. If I revert to the 1.1 version which shipped with my card, I have no shut down freezes at all. I will be emailing Farallon this info.
8/7/1999 Farallon admits their 2.0 driver for the Comm II slot 10/100 ethernet card is incompatible with OS 8.6: I just got this from Carl who recieved an email from Farallon stating that they are aware of the issue and working on a fix. Thanks Carl.
I switched back to 1.1 of the Farallon driver and all is well. :-) I received this reply from Farallon regarding the 2.0 driver:
Thank you for writing into Farallon Tech Support. Thank you for all the infor that you supplied. We are working on a fix, When we have it ready it will be placed on our web site and also let our customers & user now.
Farallon Tech Support>>]
8/27/1999 Farallon Fast EtherTX-10/100 and cable modems: I found this on MacFixIts web site. It seems there is more of a problem then just shutdown freezes as I and a few other have experienced with the 2.0 version of their driver. I haven't had this problem yet but its definitly worth noting.
[After installing a cable modem, Mike Marlett started experiencing random freezes and Type 12 errors in Netscape Communicator 4.6, Claris Emailer 2.0.v3 and the Finder (in OS 8.6). As the modem was connected to his Mac via a Farallon Ethercard card, he contacted Farallon for possible help.
Farallon Tech Support informed Mike that "there is a problem with using the Farallon FastENPlus 2.0 extension with a Farallon Fast EtherTX-10/100 card and cable modems. Downgrading to FastENPlus 1.1 is the solution for now." They said that they are working on a new driver. Meanwhile, the suggested work-around appears to have worked.]
10/28/1999 FIX is out!: Farallon just released version 2.1 for their 10/100 COMM II slot ethernet card and so far it is working fine on my 6400 with OS 8.6 as well as some other users :) Plus it seems much faster then the 1.1 driver I had before! Click here to goto Farallons download page. NOTE that it is listed as NEW but still only showing as version 2.0? I think its a typo as once you download it Get Info does show it as 2.1.
3/31/2000 Farallons Comm II 10/100 Fast Ethernet card not compatible with OS 8.1: Herbert has been exchanging email with me to figure out why he had such poor performance with his Farallon CommII ethernet card in his 6400. He found that their 1.x driver was very suggish and would crash with OS 8.1 and the 2.1 driver did not work at all. He installed OS 9 then the 2.1 driver worked great. But then he had a problem with his Keyspan USB card. The fix was to reboot back to OS 8.1 and run the installer? Man, do we all have to keep several systems installed for situations like this? Possibly? Thanks Herbert.
[Thanks, Tom, for all your help!
I decided to shell out the $$$ for OS 9, and with Conflict Catcher the System merge was a matter of 3 minutes. Now everything works as advertised :)
The Com Slot card feels (subjectively) even faster than its PCI sibling!
The Keyspan USB card works fine with the Rio, but the Keyspan USB Card Assistant 1.35 can't find the card. The installer from Keyspan doesn't work with OS9, I kept getting the error "previous corrupt files found" without any files installed yet. So I restarted with OS 8.1, installed the files without problem, moved them over to OS 9 and was able to use the Rio. This is not a problem so far, as I use the port only for the Rio, but later maybe other USB devices might follow ... Did you hear about this issue?
I haven't tried OS 9 on my 6400 yet but I used Apples 1.3.5 drivers which are probably what Keyspan used also and they work great with OS 8.6. Maybe Apples installer will work under OS 9 better?
7/22/2000 New Farallon drivers for the 10/100 PCI and COMM II ethernet cards: Here is a link to get the latest drivers (2.2.1 for PCI and COMM II 10/100 cards). I don't know what they changed though?
8/18/2001 Farallon issue with 6400 shutdown returns?: Yann reports that he installed version 2.4 of Farallons ethernet 10/100 driver and was unable to shutdown his 6400 the proper way. Reverting to the 2.1 driver fixed it. Thanks Yann.
This problem was reported awhile back but with Farallons version 2.0 drivers. I wonder if the problem has come back to haunt us? If you are using Farallons 2.4 ethernet driver, could you please email me how its working for you? Thanks
9/2/2001 Farallon 10/100 etherfast 2.4 drivers do not affect shutdown for everyone: VRic wrote to say that he has the 2.4 version of Farallons drivers and they do not affect shutdown on his 6400 as I posted in my last update but he does have a wake from sleep issue that he has not found the cause of yet? Thanks VRic.
Tiong also wrote to say that he has zero problems with the 2.4 version. Thanks Tiong.
9/29/2001 Update on Farallons v2.4 driver causing shutdown problems: VRic wrote me back to say he now can confirm that the v2.4 of Farallons drivers does cause a shutdown problem but only if no network connection is made to the card (at least on his system). Thanks VRic.
Sam wrote to say that he has a Kingston Ethernet card in his 6400 and its works fine. Thanks Sam. I'm not sure how old this card is but I'll add this to my Ethernet card page.
Alec sent me some info on an older ethernet card made by Sonic System. He says it works fine for him with at least OS 8.1. Thanks Alec. He sent me the driver incase anyone needs it. Click the link above to get it.
[Hello, many thanks to you and your site for your help.
I have a 6400 that I clean installed OS 9.1 on no G3 processor upgrade though, just the standard 200mhz and the L2 cache board. whilst looking for a cheap nic that was mac compatible I managed to find a NexNIC ND010 card by UNEX http://www.unex.com.tw/ they had a small zip file with all the drivers for all the OS they support. It was only £12 from a local cheap Pc place and it seems to work fine. I have it files sharing and internet browsing with no prob so far.
He later sent this.
[Hi, just checked the CD that came with the UNEX NIC and all the Mac Drivers are on there too, Mac OS 8.x, 9.x and 10.x!!!!]
John sends word that he didn't have much luck with the D-Link 530TX ethernet card (you need the 530TX+ for our Macs) but did have success with an SMC 1255TX ethernet card. Thanks John.
The drivers can be downloaded from this location.
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