Token Male at Last!

Token Oddessy 2001

The situation was dire- I had my Optra R+ printer, but the ethernet INA was over $40 on Ebay. Just for snorts 'n giggles, I bought a Token Ring INA just to have it. Of course, the $5 price was pretty good looking...

Other than a simple NetBIOS lash up with Win95, I have never set up a TR network, however small. The Lexmark INA prefers TCP/IP, so I had to become a Token Male (Al Gore is Alpha Male).

Note: NT 4.0, SP2 and below, has a charming quirk on Slot Numbers. MS did it 0-7, IBM has always done it 1-8. If you come up with Adapter not found, go HERE 

First, I installed a Lanstreamer MC32 (after a Madge Smart 16/4 failed). Wendt in under Network and installed the adapter.

Adapter Properties

My attempts to enter an IP address into the Network Adapter Address failed. Setup came back and told me it was incorrect. Leave it blank, you can enter it using the method below. (IP Address still is blank after the below, why, I dinna ken, but it works)

TCP/IP Properties

This address was chosen from thin air. The important thing is the server has an IP address lower than the rest of the systems. No gateway is needed for this small network, because only the 95A and the Optra are on it.

You need the submask. Just enter the IP, then simply click in the Subnet Mask text box.

I set my Optra R+ to use IP

Test Installed Adapters

To test the installed adapters under NT, open the command prompt and type ipconfig. It should show you the IP address, subnet, and gateway (if any) for all installed NICs.

Token Ring adapter Streamer2:
        IP Address. . . . . . . . . :
        Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . :
        Default Gateway . . . . . . :

Test Network Connection

To test the network connection under NT, open the command prompt and ping <target_IP>. In my case, I typed in ping

Pinging with 32 bytes of data:
Reply from bytes=32 time<10ms TTL=128

Since the Optra is maybe 10 feet away at the most, the time is *VERY* short. You can ping yourself and the system on the network.

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