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Part No. 09-1488-000

Published March 1999

3Com Corporation 5400 Bayfront PlazaSanta Clara, California95052-8145

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CONTENTS

ABOUT THIS GUIDE

 

Conventions

9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 2000 Compliance

10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 INTRODUCTION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3C905C NIC Overview

11

 

 

 

 

 

 

Features

12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Using Remote Wake-Up

12

 

 

 

 

 

Remote Wake-Up Requirements

13

 

 

 

Multiple NIC Installations and Remote Wake-Up

13

 

Using the Managed PC Boot Agent (MBA) Software

13

 

Using DynamicAccess Software

14

 

 

 

 

Using the Workgroup Keep-Alive Packet

15

 

 

Using Remote System Alerts 15

 

 

 

 

 

Remote System Alerts Requirements

15

 

 

Supported Remote System Alerts

15

 

 

 

Using Desktop Management Interface (DMI) 2.0 16

 

 

 

 

2 NETWORK INTERFACE CARD INSTALLATION

 

 

Overview

17

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preparing for Installation

18

 

 

 

 

 

 

Running the Preinstallation Program

19

 

 

 

 

Inserting the NIC 19

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Connecting the Remote Wake-Up Cable

22

 

 

 

Connecting SOS or SMBus Cables for Remote System Alerts 24

 

Connecting to the Network

24

 

 

 

 

3WINDOWS 95/98 AND WINDOWS NT DRIVER INSTALLATION

Overview 27

 

 

 

Installing the Driver

27

 

Windows 95

27

 

 

Windows 98

30

 

 

Windows NT 4.0

32

 

Windows NT 3.51

33

 

Verifying Successful Installation

35

Windows 95 and Windows 98

35

Windows NT 4.0

35

 

Windows NT 3.51

36

 

Installing Multiple NICs

36

 

Windows 95 and Windows 98

36

Windows NT 4.0

37

 

4 NETWARE CLIENT AND SERVER DRIVER INSTALLATION

 

Installing the NetWare Client Driver

39

 

 

 

About 3Com Intelligent Auto Install Software

39

 

Intelligent Auto Install Requirements

40

 

 

Running the Intelligent Auto Install Program

40

 

Installing the NetWare Server Driver

41

 

 

 

Obtaining NetWare Loadable Modules

41

 

 

NetWare 3.12

41

 

 

 

 

 

NetWare 4.10 and 4.11

42

 

 

 

 

Multiple NICs

42

 

 

 

 

 

Verifying the PCI Slot Number

43

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 NIC CONFIGURATION

 

 

 

 

 

Configuration Methods 45

 

 

 

 

 

Default NIC Settings

46

 

 

 

 

 

Changing General NIC Configuration Settings

47

 

Configuring the Managed PC Boot Agent (MBA)

49

 

Enabling or Disabling the Boot ROM Setting

49

 

Booting From the Network

50

 

 

 

 

BBS BIOS-Compatible PCs

50

 

 

 

Non-BBS BIOS-Compatible PCs 51

 

6 TROUBLESHOOTING AND DIAGNOSTICS

 

Troubleshooting the Installation 53

 

 

Accessing 3Com Support Databases

54

 

 

Accessing the 3Com Knowledgebase

54

 

Accessing the 3Com NIC Help System

54

 

Accessing Release Notes and Frequently Asked

 

Questions 55

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interpreting the LEDs

56

 

 

 

 

Running the NIC Diagnostics Tests

57

 

 

To Run the Network Test

58

 

 

 

To Run the NIC Test

 

59

 

 

 

 

To Run the Remote Wake-Up Test 59

 

 

Troubleshooting Remote Wake-Up

61

 

 

Viewing Network Statistics

62

 

 

 

Using the 3Com Icon in the Windows System Tray 63

 

Removing NIC Software

64

 

 

 

 

Windows 95 and Windows 98

64

 

 

Windows NT 4.0

64

 

 

 

 

Windows NT 3.51

 

65

 

 

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

66

 

 

 

 

A SPECIFICATIONS AND CABLING REQUIREMENTS

 

Hardware Specifications

69

 

 

 

 

Network Interface

 

69

 

 

 

 

Physical Dimensions

 

69

 

 

 

 

Environmental Operating Range

69

 

 

Power Requirements

69

 

 

 

Standards Conformance

70

 

 

 

Cabling Requirements

 

70

 

 

 

 

Twisted-Pair Cable

 

70

 

 

 

 

10BASE-T Operation

71

 

 

 

100BASE-TX Operation

72

 

 

 

RJ-45 Connector Pin Assignments

72

 

B DYNAMICAccess SOFTWAREINSTALLATION

AND CONFIGURATION

 

Client PC Requirements

73

 

 

Installing DynamicAccess Software

74

 

Verifying Successful Installation 75

 

 

Configuring DynamicAccess Software

75

 

Removing DynamicAccess Software

76

 

 

C 3COM DMI AGENT INSTALLATION

 

Overview 77

 

 

 

System Requirements

78

 

Client PC Requirements 78

Network Management Requirements 78

Installing the 3Com DMI Agent 79

D TECHNICAL SUPPORT

Support from Your Network Supplier

81

Online Technical Services

81

 

 

World Wide Web Site

81

 

 

3Com FTP Site 82

 

 

 

3Com Bulletin Board Service

82

 

Access by Analog Modem

82

 

Access by Digital Modem

83

 

3Com Facts Automated Fax Service

83

INDEX

3COM CORPORATION LIMITED WARRANTY

FCC CLASS B STATEMENT

FCC DECLARATION OF CONFORMITY

3COM END USER SOFTWARE LICENSE AGREEMENT

FIGURES

1

3C905C Network Interface Cards

11

2

Installing the NIC

21

 

 

3

Connecting the Remote Wake-UpCable 23

4

Connecting to the RJ-45Port

25

 

5

Add New Hardware Wizard

30

 

6

Network Settings Window

34

 

7

Selected NIC Screen

44

 

 

8

General Screen

48

 

 

 

9

Configuration Screen

48

 

 

10

Support Screen

55

 

 

 

11

Diagnostics Screen

58

 

 

12

Remote Wake-UpTest Screen

60

 

13

Statistics Screen

62

 

 

 

14

RJ-45Connector Pin Assignments

72

15DynamicAccess Software Setup Screen — Traffic Prioritization 76

TABLES

1

Notice Icons

9

 

 

 

2

Text Conventions

10

 

 

3

Installation Overview

17

 

 

4

Cable Specifications

24

 

 

5

NetWare NLMs

41

 

 

6

NIC Configuration Methods

45

 

7

NIC Configuration Settings

46

 

8

Installation Troubleshooting Tips

53

9

LED Interpretations

56

 

 

10

Frequently Asked Questions

66

 

11

Unshielded Twisted-pairCable Categories 71

12

DynamicAccess Software Minimum Client Requirements 74

ABOUTTHISGUIDE

This guide describes how to install, configure, and troubleshoot the 3Com® EtherLink® 10/100 PCI for Complete PC Management (3C905C) network interface card (NIC).

This guide is intended for those who install and configure Ethernet NICs. Some familiarity with Ethernet networks and NICs is assumed.

If release notes are shipped with your product and the information there differs from the information in this guide, follow the instructions in the release notes.

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Conventions

Table 1 andTable 2 list conventions that are used throughout this guide.

Table 1 Notice Icons

 

Icon

 

 

Notice Type

Description

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Information note

Information that describes important features

 

 

 

 

 

or instructions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Caution

Information that alerts you to potential loss of

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

data or potential damage to an application,

 

 

 

 

 

system, or device

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Warning

Information that alerts you to potential

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

personal injury

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 ABOUTTHISGUIDE

Table 2 Text Conventions

Convention

Description

 

 

Screen displays

This typeface represents information as it appears on

 

the screen.

 

 

Commands

The word “command” means that you must enter the

 

command exactly as shown and then press Return or

 

Enter. Commands appear in bold. Example:

 

To launch the DOS diagnostics program, enter the

 

following command:

 

 

a: install

 

 

The words “enter”

When you see the word “enter” in this guide, you

and “type”

must type something, and then press Return or Enter.

 

Do not press Return or Enter when an instruction simply

 

says “type.”

 

 

Words in italics

Italics are used to:

 

Emphasize a point.

 

Denote a new term at the place where it is defined in

 

 

the text.

 

Identify menu names, menu commands, and software

button names. Examples:

From the Help menu, selectContents.

Click OK.

Year 2000 Compliance

For information on Year 2000 compliance and 3Com products, visit the 3Com Year 2000 Web page:

http://www.3com.com/products/yr2000.html