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Networking FAQ's

  1. How do I set up a network?
  2. Which network cards does Freesco support?
  3. Can Freesco support <BRAND X> network card?

1) How do I set up a network?

Setting up a small home network is quite easy. In fact, soon we will be showing a tutorial on how to network computers together over null-modem cables (cheap serial cables that you can buy in any high-street electronics store). This method would need no messing with the internals of your PC, no special drivers or expensive hardware. It would be slow, though. The more demand we get, the quicker the tutorial will appear.

Setting up a small Ethernet network is a bit more involved but still easy for anyone experienced in PC's. Rather than duplicate the information elsewhere on the Internet, it would be best that you read through the following site for tutorials on setting up a small home network. - Johannes Helmig's World of Windows Networking. A excellent site covering every aspect of setting up a Windows network, including potential problems and many diagrams and screenshots inside the tutorials. Highly recommended.

We personally recommend the Trust range of products. They sell network cards and hubs, complete network kits, modems and lots of other good peripherals. We especially like their ISA Network Starter Kit (sadly discontinued). Trust products are usually very standard, Linux compatible (where applicable) with good Windows drivers, a cheap price and excellent support.

2) Which network cards does Freesco support?

Some drivers are already built into

  • 3Com 3c509, 3c509B, 3c529, 3c579, 3c590, 3c595, 3c900, 3c905, and 3c905B
  • DEC 21040, 21041, and 21140 based PCI cards. (Tulip cards)
  • ISA NE2000 and clones
  • Most PCI NE2000 clones, including rtl8029
  • Realtek 8129/8139 based PCI cards
  • SMC Elite Ultra (8216), SMC EtherEZ (8416)

Some drivers are available in but need to be copied to a Freesco disk before they can be used:

  • 3com 3c905B, 3c905C, 3c980, 3c980C, 3c900B. Experimental
  • 3com EtherLink Plus, EtherLink II, Etherlink 16, 3c503, 3c503/16, 3c501, 3c515 100mb
  • Allied Telesis AT1700
  • AMD LANCE (7990, 79C960/961/961A, PCnet-ISA), 79C965 (PCnet-32)
  • Ansel Communications AC3200 EISA
  • Apricot Xen-II On Board Ethernet
  • Arcnet arc-rimi, com90xx, com20020.
  • Cabletron E10**, E10**-x, E20**, E20**-x
  • Compaq Nettelligent/NetFlex (Embedded ThunderLAN Chip), Texas Instruments ThunderLAN
  • de4x5 driver, supporting many of the same DEC based cards as the 'tulip' driver.
  • Digital DEPCA, DE100/1, DE200/1/2, DE210, DE422
  • Digital EtherWorks 3 (DE203, DE204, DE205)
  • Dlink DE-600 and DE-620
  • Fujitsu FMV-181/182/183/184
  • HP 10/100 VG Any Lan Cards (27248B, J2573, J2577, J2585, J970, J973)
  • HP 27245A
  • HP EtherTwist, PC Lan+ (27247, 27252A)
  • ICL EtherTeam 16i/32
  • Intel Etherexpress, Etherexpress PRO/10 and Etherexpress PRO 10/100B
  • Racal-Interlan NI5210 and NI6510 (not EB)
  • RealTek RTL8002/8012 (AT-Lan-Tec) Pocket adaptor
  • SMC-9000 / SMC 91c92/4, SMC 91c100
  • SMC Elite Ultra32 EISA, EtherPower II PCI (9432)
  • VIA 86C100A Rhine II (and 3043 Rhine I)
  • WD8003, SMC Elite, WD8013, SMC Elite16

Some new drivers and updates of some of the above drivers are also available in

  • Adaptec DuraLAN (AKA "Starfire") Adapter 64 bit adapters.
  • DEC 21040, 21041, and 21140 based PCI cards.
  • Ether Express PRO 10/100B
  • National Semiconductor DP83815, Netgear FA-311
  • Most PCI NE2000 clones, including rtl8029
  • Packet Engines "Hamachi" GNIC-II and "Yellowfin" G-NIC adapters
  • Realtek 8129/8139 based PCI cards
  • SMC EtherPower II PCI (9432)
  • Sundance ST201 "Alta" chip, D-Link DFE-550
  • VIA Rhine and Rhine-II, D-Link DFE-530-TX
  • Winbond w89c840, Compex RL100ATX-PCI

Some drivers have also been developed since the release of Freesco 0.2.7:

  • The official Freesco package "sm200d" provides support for Satellite-dish-based Internet using the Telemann Skymedia SM200D series PCI cards.

3) Can Freesco support <BRAND X> network card?

See the answer to this same question in our Future Enhancements FAQ.


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