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Persell ©January 2001|
Referenced web sites:
IBM DDPak Online Network Adapters: http://service.software.ibm.com/os2ddpak/html/lanadapv/index.htm
There is a lesson that is hard learned in OS/2 and many other "alternate"
OSes as they are often called. We have to put away those urges to run out or google
out and buy the latest hardware. In my 10 years of OS/2 experience I still have
to fight those urges too. Being that there's no "Hardware Anonymous" group
out there for those of us who love to upgrade I've had to develop a 3 stage process
for adding to my systems. This has proven especially useful in choosing my network
You have to do some research first. The network adapter in the broadband world
is as important as your monitor. The connection has to work cleanly and reliably
all the time. In order to get the right answer you'll have to suffer a dial-up connection
a little longer and get some answers from experienced people. Are those answers
at the manufacturer, online reseller or local computer store? Not in my experience.
Get online and use at least two of many resources available. I have found the
most reliable to be IRC (Internet Relay Chat) and Usenet. Look on the device
driver site at IBM, match that up to what's available and then go out into an
IRC channel, I'm partial to #VOICE
on Webbnet, and ask as many questions
as necessary to get the right answer as to which adapter to buy.
You can look in IRC or Usenet for someone who has the same ISP and connection
you're going to use and draw from their experience. This will take you a lot further
than any README file or Fine Manual.
When you add networking to an OS/2 system not previously set up for broadband
you make some major changes to the system. Always leave yourself a way out in case
of problems with the system. You may have to use that modem again so make sure you
have the tools use it. Broadband is far faster than modems and much easier to use
in the sense that you don't have to dial up each time you want to get online but
its still new technology to many areas and it may be less than 100% reliable, I
know mine is.
You've heard it before and its a good rule here, before you add the network adapter,
backup the system or at the very least the important files like config.sys and your
dialer, tcpip settings for the dialup ISP, etc.
Now that would be too easy wouldn't it. I have used 3 different network adapters
with great success both in everyday use and in testing purposes. I learned early
on that the highest price didn't always provide the best adapter and the lowest
price could provide a minefield of support problems. Also, many brands of adapters
are simply relabeled cards. DEC 'Tulip' or 21xxx chips, for example, are not well
supported but are the base chips to a lot of adapters, Netgear for example uses
DEC chips and has no OS/2 support.