WinLAN Network Overview

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WinLAN is a proprietary network using proprietary network adapters. ApexxTechnology packages Windows for Workgroups version 3.11 in a bundlewith these network cards.

This article provides information about the hardware and configurationoptions available with the WinLAN bundles.
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The WinLAN network cards are designed to work with both Windows forWorkgroups 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 ahub. The cards can be daisy-chained together. Apexx does sell a hub, whichallows you to connect daisy-chains of up to eight computers per hubconnection.

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

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

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

Since WinLAN network cards do not classify as Ethernet, ArcNet, or tokenring, a bridge must be used to communicate with a network using one ofthese 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
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Article ID: 120118 - Last Review: 10/26/2013 10:12:00 - Revision: 3.0

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