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Background -- physical cabling

This document covers networking Acorn RISC OS computers, primarily for file and printer sharing via Acorn Access+ via Ethernet. As far as most readers need to be concerned there are 2 flavours of Ethernet cabling - 10base2 and 10baseT.



Which cabling method you choose is fairly arbitrary, but I'd always suggest that new users go with 10baseT, and a minihub (ranging from around £25) as the physical setup is generally easier, more flexible and easier to fault-find. You can actually use 10baseT cabling without a hub, if you just want two machines connected, but that setup has it's own set of gotcha's and I refer the reader to the aforementioned FAQ for further details.

Some people may also have cards with a multi-pin "D" connector marked "10base5". This is an AUI connector for attaching a media converter -- only very old cards have this, and the media converter usually ends up connecting to 10base2 or 10baseT.


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