Stupid Mac Ethernet question
jfoust at threedee.com
Sun Jan 15 13:33:54 CST 2006
At 08:03 PM 1/14/2006, you wrote:
> I think the Linksys chipset or firmware is so rigidly designed that anything out of the M$ ordinary world causes it to barf and lockup.
Well, I've seen several brands of switches fail to recognize not-that-old
hardware made for the Windows market, too. There's at least two types
of auto-negotiation going on here, right - full or half duplex as well
as auto-cross-over detection. No doubt in an effort to make Ethernet more
plug-and-play and less prone to tech support calls, I see more
and more consumer devices performing auto-crossover without that being a
large bullet-point on the outside of the box.
Another variable is how contemporary equipment responds to long
lengths of Ethernet. Lengths still within the spec, but apparently not
within the range designed or tested by the manufacturers. If it
worked with a 25-foot hank on the test bench, they ship it.
When I try it with a 100-foot run, it doesn't recognize it.
Above the physical layer, there's plenty of goofiness in level 2, too.
Wireless "bridge" devices these days are performing all sorts of
MAC spoofing that'll throw you for a loop.
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