There are several ways to configure your networking hardware
depending on the bus type of the adapter you are installing:
PCI hardware setup is usually very simple. In most
cases, no user configuration procedures are required, although
the specific setup procedures depend on the vendor's implementation.
Make sure to run the
Network Configuration Manager
after installing PCI adapters into your system.
Some PCI network drivers
have configurable parameters
that you can define using the
Advanced Options button.
EISA and Microchannel (MCA)
For EISA and MCA
adapters, run your adapter
configuration utilities before configuring the driver with the
Network Configuration Manager;
machines of these types can
automatically assign non-conflicting parameters
to installed devices.
Install EISA network adapters
in the machine before running
the Network Configuration Manager.
ISA, PCMCIA/CardBus, and Plug-and-Play
Many of these adapters are ``software configurable'',
meaning that you can set
hardware parameters from configuration programs.
Network Configuration Manager
can automatically detect many
software configurable adapters and assign appropriate configuration
parameters to the adapter.
Many ISA (Industry Standard Architecture)
adapters are shipped with DOS setup
utilities. However, the Network Configuration Manager provides
single-point configuration for software-configurable adapters
such that many adapters do not require DOS
setup. We recommend that you
use the Network Configuration Manager
for basic adapter configuration and resort to the setup
utilities only if an adapter cannot be detected or configured
by the Network Configuration Manager.
Some ISA adapters are ``hardware configurable'',
meaning that you must set jumpers manually on the
adapter before installing the adapter in your machine.
Make sure that you set the hardware to the same parameters that
you assign to the
driver with the Network Configuration Manager.
PCMCIA/CardBus wireless adapters have several
configurable parameters that you set using the
Advanced Options button in the
Network Configuration Manager. See
``Configuring PCMCIA/CardBus wireless adapters''
for more information.
Consult your adapter's documentation to determine how to set up
your adapter's hardware.
Be careful about possible conflicts when installing
In non-ISA machines (PCI and EISA),
the configuration utilities generally cannot
obtain the configuration information for ISA adapters,
and therefore cannot check for hardware conflicts.
If two or more software-configurable ISA adapters
are installed in an ISA machine,
they must be set to use different I/O addresses,
DMA channels, and shared RAM regions.
Otherwise your system may not be able to recognize one of the
If two or more ISA cards are installed,
be sure to check for all possible hardware conflicts.
Most machines can support one to four networking adapters
of a given type (depending on the type of adapter and the capacity
of your machine).
Determining parameters in use
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