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rosaage
October 26th, 2014, 02:49 PM
Hello I found this card: http://crashrecovery.org/isdn/cards/img/EiconDivaIsa2.01.jpg and I was wondering if it would work in a ibm 5160 and if I would need drivers or something? I have never used a computer that old with ethernet before so I'm not sure how I do it.

sergey
October 27th, 2014, 02:33 PM
It is not an Ethernet card, it is an ISDN card...

If you need an Ethernet card - NE2000 and its clones (e.g. Realtek RTL8019AS based), 3c509B and likes despite being 16-bit cards will work in 8-bit slot. You will need a packet driver (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PC/TCP_Packet_Driver) as well. Note that some drivers use 80186 instructions, and will not work on 8088 processor (but will work on NEC V20 processor).

Edit: 'B' in 3C509B is important

Stone
October 27th, 2014, 02:42 PM
Alternatively you can network your 5160 via parallel ports with UNET II software (or possibly others).

Krille
October 27th, 2014, 05:34 PM
If you need an Ethernet card - NE2000 and its clones (e.g. Realtek RTL8019AS based), 3c509B and likes despite being 16-bit cards will work in 8-bit slot.

FTFY (the distinction is important).

Rauli
October 28th, 2014, 12:48 AM
On the parallel port you can also connect a Xircom Pocket Ethernet adapter, but before getting one make sure that the driver doesn't use require anything above an 8086.

PeterNC
October 28th, 2014, 03:59 AM
NE1000, EtherLink II and other 8BIT cards go for <= $10 on eBay sometimes as well in case you prefer true 8BIT cards. You can then bridge BNC to UTP with a HUB that supports both.

mbbrutman
October 28th, 2014, 07:13 AM
On the parallel port you can also connect a Xircom Pocket Ethernet adapter, but before getting one make sure that the driver doesn't use require anything above an 8086.

None of the Xircom Pocket Ethernet adapters require more than an 8088.

Usage notes and the full manual for the PE3 can be found here: http://www.brutman.com/Dos_Networking/xircom_pe3.html

rosaage
October 28th, 2014, 01:44 PM
What would be the cheapest option?