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  1. Token Ring cards and networking issues

    Hello!
    I've been asked to update an existing TR based network to allow a
    Linux box to play on it. Is there anything special I need to look out
    for? Or failing that, anything that comes under the heading of, "These
    things you do when you first start using your Linux box on Token
    Ring"?
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    Gregg gregg dot drwho8 atsign gmail dot com
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  2. Re: Token Ring cards and networking issues

    On Mon, 09 Apr 2007 12:23:17 -0700, gregg.drwho8@gmail.com wrote:

    > Hello!
    > I've been asked to update an existing TR based network to allow a Linux
    > box to play on it. Is there anything special I need to look out for? Or
    > failing that, anything that comes under the heading of, "These things you
    > do when you first start using your Linux box on Token Ring"?


    Apart from having to find a token ring card and put it in the Linux box,
    no. You'll need a supported card, but most of the common ones (e.g. IBM
    and Madge) are supported. And of course ensure that the appropriate driver
    is included in the kernel. As token ring is so rare these days some
    default kernels might not have the driver, you may need to compile it.

    When I first put a Linux box on a token ring in the days of ISA cards and
    2.0 kernels IIRC there were a few hoops to jump through regarding
    interrupts and I/O addresses. I remember having to mess around with the
    bootable configuration floppy supplied with old IBM cards. But I've not
    had any trouble this century. It's been a few years since I used a token
    ring mind

    I've never had to do anything at all to the token ring infrastructure. It
    doesn't care about OSs.

    I have heard that there may be problems with multiple token ring cards in
    Linux. I have not tried it.

    There's a token ring howto: http://tldp.org/HOWTO/Token-Ring/hardware.html
    But it's unlikely you'll need to read it unless you have problems.

    Regards, Ian

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