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Micom 2000
April 18th, 2006, 05:03 PM
Almost all IBM PS/2 users have heard about IBMs answer to computer interconnectivity. Token Ring cards are almost a joke when occasionally offered on e-Bay or some other auction site. Yet they were something that was taken seriously by a lot of professional designers.

I have an IBM video " Windows for Workgroups" which details how to connect my computers using token ring.

So is there a protocol which would allow me, once I had connected these computers together, to connect to an ethernet connector ?

If so I could connect my local computers together and access the I-net with one connected computer.

Or should I just toss any Token Ring cards ??

Lawrence

mbbrutman
April 18th, 2006, 07:18 PM
What you are looking for is a router.

In the most generic sense of the word, a router is a device/machine that can bridge two different networks. In this case you have one network of Token Ring, and another network of Ethernet. The router machine has one adapter of each, and software to forward packets to and from each network.

A Linux box can do this very easily. Linux has support for many Token Ring adapters using the Olympic driver.

I'm eventually going to do something similar with IBM's Cluster adapter. Cluster is a pre-historic network technology that uses a coax cable like original Ethernet, but is much slower. It's the only 'native' network adapter that a PCjr can use. A Linux box with an ISA cluster adapter and an Ethernet adapter can serve as a router for machines on a cluster network.

(Right now there is no Cluster device driver for Linux, or TCP/IP that runs over Cluster, so it's kind of a moot point. Novel Netware could run on cluster so I could do file sharing right now, but the ultimate goal is TCP/IP .. if I ever get the time to work on it.)

dpatten
April 19th, 2006, 03:44 AM
You should be able to bridge your ethernet and Token ring networks in a windows XP box. Presuming of course that you have an open ISA slot and an ISA Token ring card that you can install in a machine with XP. I've never done it, but I think it could be done.