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Date:      Mon, 4 Dec 1995 00:31:44 -0500 (EST)
From:      "Adrian T. Filipi-Martin" <atf3r@server.cs.virginia.edu>
To:        michael.muller@treebranch.com
Cc:        questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: boca 6 port
Message-ID:  <Pine.SUN.3.90.951204002120.14564B-100000@stretch.cs.Virginia.edu>
In-Reply-To: <9512031530.0LSND00@treebranch.com>

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On Sun, 3 Dec 1995 michael.muller@treebranch.com wrote:

> I need to make absolutely sure that FreeBSD works with Boca 6-port i/o cards.
> One document mentions all Boca cards except for the 6 port, and the other
> mentions only the 6 port and not the others. Can you tell me if FreeBSD does in
> fact support the 6 port card from Boca, is it easy to configure, and will it
> work in conjunction with a regular comport thus giving me 7 i/o ports on a
> single pc?

Hi Michael,

	The Boca IOAT66 cards work like a champ.  A friend and I put them
in our machines this Fall.  I believe we submitted a FAQ entry on setting 
it up.  If it hasn't appeared yet, email me and I'll get you a copy.

	The only thing you need to realize up front is that it uses 10-pin
RJ-45's which are not too common.  10-base-T uses 8-pin RJ-45's.  We
ordered a bunch of "custom made" cables for about $2 a piece with two
10-pin RJ-45's, then cut them in half to make two cables with BD-25's or
DB-9's on the other end.  If you want to pay more you can let the cable
makers to this, or buy the cables ready made from Boca at something like
$15 a pair! 

	BTW, you should be able to stick two of these cards in your box
using only one IRQ per card.  That gets you up to 12 ports. Maybe more if
you can set some other cards to really wierd I/O addresses and without
using IRQ's 4 & 5. 

cheers,
	Adrian

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