Highway interface [warning contains an ebay ref], but is an old VMS network interface
binarydinosaurs at gmail.com
Wed Oct 12 07:51:38 CDT 2016
I used to service a VAX 4000-200 that had one of those in, monitoring
17,000 endpoints in an oil refinery and crunching the numbers for a daily
report to the site manager. If you don't have the peerway at the other end
and the custom software it won't do anything.
That machine's probably still in its home behind the panels in the control
room. I had to head over there every january to do a PM on it even after
the chap who ran it left and they didn't replace him. One year I 'serviced'
it (not much to do, it was clean and dust free) then went back the next
year to find the Dead Sergeant prompt (>>>). Booting it back up I
discovered it had crashed 3 days after my previous visit and nobody noticed.
Not much point in going back after that!
On 12 October 2016 at 13:18, jim stephens <jwsmail at jwsss.com> wrote:
> On 10/12/2016 12:57 AM, jim stephens wrote:
>> I found an interface I've never seen, a Fisher Rosemont Highway
>> interface. I don't know much in the history of Dec / VMS, but am guessing
>> this is for Vax system only.
>> I found this flyer sheet about it with the info on the interface. I'm
>> guessing if you don't have one of the central boxes, you have some
>> expensive gold scrap in these boards.
>> The fact this reference is where it is suggests there must be embedded
>> systems using it to justify the price though. Also the other manual
>> referred to indicates that there is something that runs on NT, as well as a
>> mention of AIX.
> I found an Allen Bradley box which uses this, not sure if it needs a hub,
> but points to the use of the hardware.
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