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Alternative to a NIC
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tefari
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Sep 14, 2000, 10:52 PM
 
Does anyone know of a USB to ethernet converter that fuctions on a Mac (i.e., has Mac drivers, etc)? I need to have access on a LAN, but no room for a NIC...if anyone has any other solution to this problem, please reply...
     
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Sep 15, 2000, 01:21 AM
 
What is your exact situation and what computer do you have?

They arenít any USB to Ethernet dongles or adapters that I know of. The only solution that I can offer would be to get a SCSI to Ethernet adapter (I take it you have an older machine with a SCSI port since all newer Mac's have networking built in). I have never used one of these myself, but apparently they work well. Small Dog Electronics has a few of them available for $33 (under their 'networking' section, 3/4 of the page down).

I'm actually putting in an order for one of these myself to see how they work.

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Sep 15, 2000, 10:40 AM
 
You are correct in that I do have an older Mac....originally, it was a 6360 ; since I bought it, everything has been replaced except the mother board. Right now, my lone PCI slot is being used by a USB card, which hosts my inteillimouse explorer, and my Stylus 860. I am trying to connect specifically to a high speed ethernet network.
     
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Sep 15, 2000, 10:46 AM
 
If you mean 100baseT, then I think you're out of luck on a non-PCI solution. Most of the SCSI to Ethernet adapters pre-date 100baseT, and therefore only support 10baseT ethernet (or in some cases 10base2). Another option, if you have an available serial port, would be to set up a LocalTalk (phonenet) network with just your mac, and buy an asante LocalTalk to 10baseT bridge (about $90). This may work with just a serial cable between your printer port and the bridge. If not, you'll need to buy 2 LocalTalk transcievers and a phone cord. (about $30). This will be really slow, but it will get you on the network.
     
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Sep 15, 2000, 01:44 PM
 
With the 6360 you have a Comm Slot II slot inside the machine as well as a standard PCI card - so if you look hard and you're lucky, you can still find a few Comm Slot II 10/100BaseT ethernet NIC's. They're fairly expensive, but it's an option.

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Sep 17, 2000, 05:37 PM
 
As a matter of fact, I was able to find the CS 2 ethernet cards, which Farallon still makes. Thank you for the help, as this is the ideal solution to my problem.

-Paul
     
   
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