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User Guide

3Com® 100 SecureFiber-FX

Network Interface Card

3CR990-FX-97

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Published December 2001

User guide version 1.0.0

3Com Corporation 5400 Bayfront PlazaSanta Clara, California95052-8145U.S.A.

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Contents

About This Guide

Conventions 1

1

Introduction

 

 

 

 

 

Onboard 3XP Processor

3

 

 

Data Encryption

3

 

 

 

 

3CR990-FX-97 NIC Features

4

 

Offload Features

5

 

 

 

Remote Wake-Up

5

 

 

Remote Wake-Up Requirements 5

 

Remote Wake-Up and Multiple NIC Installations 5

 

Integrated Boot ROM with Managed PC Boot Agent (MBA) 6

 

Desktop Management Interface (DMI) 2.0 6

 

Remote Control

7

 

 

 

Keep-Alive

7

 

 

 

 

Hot Plug NIC Installation

7

 

Flow Control Features 7

 

 

Pause Frames

7

 

 

 

Link Negotiation

8

 

 

Offline Diagnostics

8

 

2Installing and Connecting the NIC

Installation Overview 9 Safety Precautions 9

Installation Requirements

10

 

 

 

Installing Multiple NICs

10

 

 

 

Upgrading Windows 95 to Windows 98

10

Upgrading Windows 98 to Windows Me

11

Updating the Network Driver and NIC Software 11

Installing From Diskette 11

 

 

 

Making a DOS-Bootable Diskette

11

 

Creating Installation Diskettes

11

 

 

Product Registration

12

 

 

 

 

Preparing the NIC and the Computer

13

 

Installing and Connecting the NIC

14

 

Understanding the LEDs

15

 

 

 

Installing Software

16

 

 

 

 

Contents

3 Installing NIC Drivers and Diagnostics For Windows

Software Installation Requirements

17

 

 

Getting Help 17

 

 

 

 

 

 

Installing the Network Driver Using the EtherCD

18

Before Installing the Network Driver 18

 

 

Windows XP Professional 18

 

 

 

Installing the Driver

18

 

 

 

Verifying the Driver Installation

19

 

 

Windows 2000

 

19

 

 

 

 

Installing the Driver

19

 

 

 

Verifying the Driver Installation

20

 

 

Windows NT 4.0

20

 

 

 

 

Installing the Driver

20

 

 

 

Verifying the Driver Installation

21

 

 

Windows Me

22

 

 

 

 

Installing the Driver

22

 

 

 

Verifying the Driver Installation

22

 

 

Windows 98

23

 

 

 

 

 

Installing the Driver

23

 

 

 

Verifying the Driver Installation

23

 

 

Windows 95

24

 

 

 

 

 

Installing the Driver

24

 

 

 

Verifying the Driver Installation

26

 

 

Installing the 3Com NIC Diagnostics Program

26

Starting the 3Com NIC Diagnostics Program

27

 

Updating the Network Driver and NIC Software

28

Installing Multiple NICs

28

 

 

 

Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows Me, Windows 98 and 95 28

Windows NT 4.0

29

 

 

 

 

4 Using Windows Offload Features

Enabling Offloads 31

 

Configuring Offloads for a Group of Different NICs

32

Configuring IPSec Offloads 32

 

Offloading Encryption Processing 33

 

Auto-Selecting Basic or Strong Encryption Processing

33

Configuring IPSec for Windows 2000 33

 

Creating a Security Policy 34

Downloading the High Encryption Pack for Windows 2000 37

Contents

5 Installing NetWare Drivers

 

 

 

Installing and Configuring the NetWare Driver

39

Using the Latest Support Packs

39

 

 

Obtaining NetWare Loadable Modules 40

 

NetWare Driver Installation Requirements 40

Netware Packet Receive Buffers

40

 

Slot Numbers for Multiple NICs

41

 

Obtaining Slot Numbers 41

 

 

Installing the NetWare Driver

41

 

 

Installing the NetWare Driver Using INETCFG

42

Installing Multiple NICs 43

 

 

 

Verifying the PCI Slot Number

43

 

 

Verifying the Installation and Configuration

44

Changing NetWare Driver Configuration Parameters 45

6 Configuring the NIC

Default NIC Settings 47

Configuration Methods 48

Changing General NIC Configuration Settings

49

Using the 3Com NIC Diagnostics Program

49

Using the 3Com DOS Configuration Program

50

Configuring the Managed PC Boot Agent (MBA)

51

Enabling or Disabling the Boot ROM Setting

 

51

Booting From the Network

51

 

 

BBS BIOS-Compatible PCs

52

 

 

Non-BBS BIOS-Compatible PCs 52

 

 

Disabling the 3Com Logo 53

 

 

 

7 Troubleshooting the NIC

Interpreting the NIC LEDs 55

Viewing the NIC LEDs in the Diagnostics Program 55

Troubleshooting Problems with the LEDs 56

Accessing 3Com Support Databases

56

 

Accessing the 3Com Knowledgebase

56

Accessing the 3Com NIC Help System

56

Accessing Release Notes and Frequently Asked Questions 56

Troubleshooting the NIC Installation

57

 

Problems/Error Messages

57

 

 

Cleaning Up a Broken Installation

57

 

Troubleshooting the Network Connection

58

Troubleshooting Remote Wake-Up

59

 

Removing the Network Driver

59

 

 

Windows 2000

59

 

 

 

Windows NT 4.0

60

 

 

 

Windows 95, 98, and Me

60

 

 

Contents

8 Running NIC Diagnostics

 

 

Running the 3Com DOS Diagnostics Program

62

Running the NIC Diagnostics Tests

62

 

Running the Network Test

63

 

 

Running the NIC Test 64

 

 

 

Viewing the NIC LEDs in the 3Com Diagnostics Program 64

Viewing Network Statistics

64

 

 

Using the 3Com Icon in the Windows System Tray 65

Enabling the Icon 65

 

 

 

Displaying Network Statistics

65

 

Removing the 3Com NIC Diagnostics Program

65

A

Specifications and Cabling Requirements

 

3CR990-FX-97 NIC Specifications 67

 

Cabling Requirements

68

B

Installing the 3Com DMI Agent

 

About the 3Com DMI Agent 69

 

System Requirements

70

 

Client PC Requirements

70

 

 

 

Network Management Requirements

70

 

Installing the 3Com DMI Agent

70

 

C

EtherCD Content and Navigation

 

 

Root Subdirectories List 74

 

 

 

Enabling Auto Insert

74

 

 

 

 

Text Files List 75

 

 

 

 

 

D

Installing a 3Com NIC While Installing the NOS

 

Windows Fresh Installation

77

 

 

 

Windows NT

77

 

 

 

 

 

Windows 2000

77

 

 

 

 

NetWare Fresh Installation

77

 

 

 

Requirements

77

 

 

 

 

 

Installation Instructions

77

 

 

E

Technical Support

 

 

 

 

 

Online Technical Services

79

 

 

 

World Wide Web Site

79

 

 

 

3Com Knowledgebase Web Services

79

 

3Com FTP Site

79

 

 

 

 

 

Support from Your Network Supplier 80

 

Support from 3Com

80

 

 

 

 

Returning Products for Repair

80

 

Contents

Index

Regulatory Compliance Information

FCC Class B Statement 85

FCC Declaration of Conformity 86

Industry Canada Class B Emission Compliance Statement 86

Avis de Conformité à la Réglementation d’Industrie Canada 86

VCCI Class B Statement 86

MIC Notice (Republic of Korea only)

B Class Device 86