Ethernet cable (Was: Sun3 valuations?)

Ethan Dicks ethan.dicks at
Tue Jan 23 15:45:44 CST 2018

On Tue, Jan 23, 2018 at 11:12 AM, Bill Gunshannon via cctalk
<cctalk at> wrote:
> Vampire taps.  Now there's a blast from the past.  Somewhere around here
> I still have my toolbag which still has my tap drill for installing those taps.

I also have a tap drill somewhere, but it was a rescue from a
clean-out.  I've never installed any Thicknet... so far.

I did pick up a bit of yellow 10mbit cable at VCF Midwest a couple
years back, and a couple of taps.  I wish I had one more to make it
interesting.  I do have some of the boxy transceivers but with 10Base2
BNCs on the mounting plate that can also take a vampire tap mounting

One of my long-term low-priority projects is to mount that Ethernet
segment high up on a wall, display fashion, and have 2-3 stations and
AUI cables hanging down to table height for interconnecting vintage
networking gear.  I do have 10BaseT hubs with AUI ports and even one
or two AUI<->Fiber MAUs to make it all interesting.

Something I have that may be of interest here is a small box of
N-connector 50 Ohm terminators.  I can't ever imagining needing more
than 2 pair for my entire life, so if anyone wants to swap for vintage
network hardware, let me know.  Mostly, I really want one or two of
the clamp-on vampire taps, the kind you could unscrew from the
transceiver (so that you never had to disturb the tap but you could
remove a station).

The last time I knew I was using Etherhose was at the South Pole in
1996 - they had a long run of it before they switched all the building
interconnects to fiber.  It's probably still buried there.


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