[lug] linux router project

Glenn Ashton gfa at idiom.com
Wed Aug 23 09:28:49 MDT 2000

It sounds like your network people are the real problem.

I use such a converter on a Sparcstation IPX and have seen no problems and
where I used to work, we had such a media converter on our backbone and
didn't have any problems.  (We upgraded the backbone to fiber before I
left though).

The Linux solution is viable, although I can't imagine that your "network
people" would be all that happy with another router on their network if a
converter would cause them fits.

Maybe a small switch?

Or a small hub with a BNC connector?

I wish you the best of luck.  You'll surely have to be creative to get
around this one.

(and, I suspect the network people really want to sell you the $950 dollar
network drop rather than have you use a $30 dollar transceiver.)

Perhaps their objections are real.  10base2 can be very flakey.  Does
anyone else on the list know if the network people's objection to a media
converter is valid?  I'd be curious to know.

Best Regards,

Glenn Ashton

On Tue, 22 Aug 2000, Gordon J. Holtslander wrote:

> Hi:
> I'm aware of these.  The network people here at the U of S have
> indicated that these converters often cause problems for other people
> sharing the same network segment.  They made it clear that they do not
> want any of these used here.  
> I'm trying to keep _everybody_ happy.
> Thanks anyway
> Gord 
> Glenn Ashton wrote:
> > 
> > I would think that one could aquire a converter that would allow you to
> > plug the 10base2 into the ethernet port on the iMac more easily than
> > setting up a router.
> > 
> > You might look at www.blackbox.com or another similar vendor to see if a
> > simple media convertor is available.
> > 
> > -Glenn Ashton
> > 
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