WinLAN Network Overview

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WinLAN is a proprietary network using proprietary network adapters. Apexx Technology packages Windows for Workgroups version 3.11 in a bundle with these network cards.

This article provides information about the hardware and configuration options available with the WinLAN bundles.

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The WinLAN network cards are designed to work with both Windows for Workgroups and Workgroup Add-On for MS-DOS.


The network uses 802.3 packets and RJ-11 phone cable or twisted-pair cable (RJ-45) if an RJ-11 end is installed. The network works with or without a hub. The cards can be daisy-chained together. Apexx does sell a hub, which allows you to connect daisy-chains of up to eight computers per hub connection.

NOTE: You cannot use a 10baseT (twisted-pair) hub.

Each NIC has two RJ-11 ports similar to a modem. It does not matter which plug is used for "in" or which is used for "out." The cable plugs into one computer and then daisy-chains to the next computer. Each computer on the end of a chain should have a terminator plug (an RJ-11 plug with an 120-ohm terminating resistor).

The network transmits at 1 MPS. It has a total cable length specification of 600 feet.

Since WinLAN network cards do not classify as Ethernet, ArcNet, or token ring, a bridge must be used to communicate with a network using one of these topologies.

WinLAN Instant Networking Kit Contents

1 WinLAN Adapter
1 Microsoft Windows for Workgroups Add-On version 3.11
1 WinLAN driver disk
1 WinLAN documentation
1 25 feet RJ-11 phone cable
1 terminator plugged in the card
The products included here are manufactured by Appex Technology, a vendor independent of Microsoft; we make no warranty, implied or otherwise, regarding these products' performance or reliability.


Article ID: 120118 - Last Review: October 26, 2013 - Revision: 3.0
Applies to
  • Microsoft Windows for Workgroups 3.11
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