980004 8228 MAU and ICS cable. TokenRing, one of
"the Seven wonders" of PS/55 junk market.
Ok, there were so many used PS/55s with TokenRing Adapter installed
but NO ICS cables nor 8228 MAU were found in Akihabara.
I could not imagine how the ICS cables and 8228 looked like. As a M.A.D,
I had dreamed about 8228 and ICS cables to build my own LAN.
But so far I could not get
any Token devices except adapters. May be ICS cables had
been cut off at adapter sides and only PS/55 system units were collected
and sent to junk market when some big companies replaced their systems.
No idea about 8228. There were so many TokenRing adapters so there might
be 1/8 of 8228s at least. But, I had never seen one in
any PC surplus shops or street junk shops. The fact that NO
8228 nor ICS cables but plenty of TokenRing Adapters in Akihabara was/is
one of the seven wonders od PS/55 ( at least for me ).
A friend of mine in Nagano prefecture got some patch cables
for Ring-in /Ring-out connection. He asked me to buy some D-sub 9
pin connectors for him in return of 2 patch cables. What a
nice proposal !. I bought some connectors for him and sent it.
I received 2 patch cables from him. One was about 10m long and the
other was very l-o-n-g. I made 2x 5m length ICS cables.
Kept long one for future usage. Thus I got 2 cables for TokenRing
One day I got a mail from my master of MCA. He said he
had gotten 8228s and he could part one to me for free except shipping.
Who could refuse such an offer. Yoda sent me a 8228, a lightning
sword of TokenRinger, to me. Though the sword
had some rusty spots here and there, it was completely functional.
Thus I could get mysterious items.
I was reedy to b a TokenRinger.
First stage of my TokenRing network
5580/ OS2 Warp Connect,
5560/ Win95, 5551/Win95. 5580 acted as File server.
NetBEUI was used as
LAn protocol. TCP/IP was difficult for me.
Now, 8228 with rusty spots still sits on a shelf with 5 ICS
cables and 3 ICS/RJ45 filters.
I now also have a small MAU made of Sumitomo with 4x RJ45 ports
which will be used when I
may leave my home again in future.
8230 type-2 CAU/RJ45 LAM may sit here for a while waiting
for it's new home. No enough space
to keep them. Also got some ICS cable NIB
for JY100 ( about $1.00) per cable ( some of them
were parted to my friends. )
Mr. S reported he found many of Sumitomo made 8228s sold very
cheap in Yokohama in 2001.
I myself saw IBM genuine 8228s sold NIB but they had unnecessary
"0" printed on their price tags.
Now this moment, what I really want to have is
"8229-002 ( Token/Ether Bridge )" or any types of
8229 if it's has Token/Ether bridging unit in it's slot.
Occasionally it comes up on eBay but most of
8229 seen there are 8229-001 or 003. Sigh....
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