Amiga Network Peripherals


Arcnet Controller

> Company: Ameristar Technologies, USA
> Date: 1988
> Amiga: A2000, A3000, A4000
> Interface: Zorro II
> Autoconfig ID: ID1053 / 9

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Arcnet networking system – old, slow but cheap and reliable, useful for small LANs and simple network sharing
Arcnet requires RG62 coaxial cable instead of the RG58 used on Ethernet systems
uses 93 ohm terminators opposed to the 50 ohm used by Ethernet
the Arcnet interface hybrid chip comes in two different versions, HCY 9058 for bus networks and HCY 9068 for star networks
interrupt driven (polled I/O) – one interrupt on the Amiga yields into a busy system
two sockets for optional network autoboot ROMs