Compex LinkPort ENET-C User`s manual

PCMCIA Ethernet
User’s Manual
Version 1.7C
Compex LinkPort
PCMCIA Ethernet Card
User’s Manual
Version 1.7C
Manual Number: M-0011-V1.7C
Manual Release Date: October 1999
Printed in the Republic of Singapore
Compex, Inc. provides this guide without warranty of any kind, either
expressed or implied, including but not limited to the implied warranties of
merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. Compex, Inc. may make
improvements and/or changes to the product and/or specifications of the product
described in this guide, without prior notice.
Compex, Inc. will not be liable for any technical inaccuracies or typographical
errors found in this guide. Changes are periodically made to the information
contained herein and will be incorporated into later versions of the guide. The
information contained is subject to change without prior notice.
Trademark Information
Compex®, LinkPort® and ReadyLINK® are registered trademarks of Compex,
Inc. All brand and product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of
their respective owners.
Copyright © 1997 by Compex, Inc.. All rights reserved. Reproduction,
adaptation, or translation without prior permission of Compex, Inc. is
prohibited, except as allowed under the copyright laws.
Manual Revision by Leon Enriquez
Important Information
The latest updates and changes after the release of this manual can be found in
the RELEASE.TXT file in the latest Compex LinkPort release diskette.
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Manufacturer’s Name:
Manufacturer’s Address:
Compex, Inc.
4051 E. La Palma, Unit A
Anaheim, CA 92807 U S A
Compex, Inc. declares that the product:
Product Name:
Compex LinkPort,
PCMCIA Ethernet Card
Model Number:
conforms to the following Product Standards:
Radiated Emission
Conducted Emission
Immunity Standards:
FCC Part 15 Class B
EN60555PT2 conducted emission
EN55022B conducted emission
FCC Part 15 Class B
IEC 801-2
IEC 801-3
IEC 801-4
Therefore, this product is in conformity with the following
regional standards:
FCC Class B
— following the provisions of FCC Part
15 directive.
CE Mark
— following the provisions of the EC
Singapore, October 1999
Dr Jackson Lam,
R & D Manager
European Contact:
ReadyLINK Networktechnology Gmbh, Technical Support,
Albert Einstein Straβe 42,
63322 Rödermark, Germany.
[FAX: +49 (60) 749-0668]
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FCC Notice
This device has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a
Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These
limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful
interference in a residential installation. This device generates, uses and
can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in
accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio
communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not
occur in a particular installation. If this device does cause harmful
interference to radio or television reception, the user is encouraged to try
to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:
Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
Increase the separation between the computer and receiver.
Connect the computer into an outlet on a circuit different
from that to which the receiver is connected.
Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for
Caution: Any changes or modifications not expressly approved by the
grantee of this device could void the user's authority to operate the
FCC Compliance Statement
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject
to the following two conditions:
This device may not cause harmful interference, and
This device must accept any interference received, including
interference that may cause undesired operation.
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Chapter 1:
Chapter 2:
Installing the Adapter
Chapter 3:
Software Installation
Appendix A:
Technical Information
Appendix B:
Technical Support
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Chapter 1
The Compex LinkPort PCMCIA (Personal Computer
Memory Card International Association) Ethernet card
[ENET-B] is a credit card sized network adapter that
can be used for PCMCIA compliant personal computers.
The Compex LinkPort PCMCIA Ethernet card plugs
into a Type II PCMCIA slot, providing a 16-bit bus
interface. The card is switchless, software configurable,
and provides full support for the PCMCIA Card
Information Structure (CIS).
The card is supplied with a media coupler that provides
a BNC coaxial 10Base-2 connector, and a UTP
(Unshielded Twisted-Pair) 10Base-T connector.
Also included is an intelligent Enabler program that
automatically detects your PC’s controller type and
recognises previously installed card and socket services.
Compex LinkPort PCMCIA Ethernet Card
Conforms to IEEE 802.3, PCMCIA Release 2.1,
JEIDA 4.1 Standard.
Fits into Type II PCMCIA slot.
Provides 68-pin connector for attachment to PC
and 15-pin flat connector for attachment to media
Media coupler incorporates RJ-45 10Base-T UTP
connector and BNC 10Base-2 coaxial connector.
Switchless design; hardware settings are software
Low power consumption.
Extensive software driver support which includes
drivers for Novell NetWare; NDIS driver for
Microsoft LAN Manager; drivers for Microsoft
Windows for Workgroups, Windows 95,
Windows NT v3.51, Windows NT v4.0; Packet
Driver applications; LANtastic v6.0; and IBM
OS/2 Warp.
(Refer to the driver diskette for the latest updated
Chapter 1: Introduction
Hardware Description
≥ PCMCIA card
The Compex LinkPort PCMCIA Ethernet card’s main
PCB board is encased in a stainless compact frame. It has
a 68-pin connector that fits into a PCMCIA socket,. and a
15-pin flat connector that connects to the media coupler.
≥ Media Coupler
Media coupler incorporates RJ-45 10Base-T UTP
connector and BNC 10Base-2 coaxial connector.
≥ LED Indicators
↵ ACT LED (Colour: orange) Function: Monitors
signals transmitted to and received from the
The orange LED, labelled ACT, lights up to
indicate that the PCMCIA Card is transmitting
signals to and/or receiving signals from the
network. This LED is normally OFF. It will flash
when the card transmits signals to the network.
The speed at which the LED flashes increases with
the level of network traffic.
↵ LINK LED (Colour: green) Function: Monitors
link status of twisted-pair connection.
PCMCIA Card supports the link integrity test
function. This function is automatically enabled
when the card is configured for RJ-45 UTP cabling.
The green LED, labelled LINK, lights up to
indicate that a valid 10Base-T link has been
It is ON under normal operating
conditions. If the LED is OFF, check the RJ-45
port’s cable connection.
Note: The LINK LED only monitors the 10Base-T
(R J-45) connection. To check the condition of the
BNC link, run the diagnostics program.
Chapter 1: Introduction
Figure 1-1: Compex LinkPort PCMCIA Ethernet Card
Figure 1-2: Media Coupler with UTP and BNC connectors
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2
Installing the Adapter
This chapter describes the procedure for installing the
Compex LinkPort PCMCIA Ethernet Card.
Power OFF the host computer.
Insert the Compex LinkPort PCMCIA
Ethernet Card into the computer’s PCMCIA
Insert the 68-pin connector on the card into the
computer’s PCMCIA slot. The label on the
card should face up. Slide the card all the way
into the slot.
Plug the media coupler into the card’s 15-pin
Connect the media coupler to the network.
p Using UTP cable or
p Using BNC cable
p Using UTP (10Base-T) cable:
Plug the free end of the UTP cable into a RJ-45
mating connector on a twisted-pair hub, or into a
network access port.
Compex LinkPort PCMCIA Ethernet Card
p Using BNC (thin coaxial) cable:
Using thin coaxial cable: Connect a T-connector
to the BNC connector on the media coupler.
Attach both ends of the T-connector to thin
coaxial cables. If the card is at the end of the
network segment, install a 50-ohm terminator at
the open end of the T-connector. Do this
carefully to prevent accidental shorts which may
disrupt network operation.
Power ON the PC.
Hardware installation is now complete. Switch
ON the PC. The Compex LinkPort PCMCIA
Ethernet Card receives its power from the PC.
Warning: To avoid accidents, do not connect or
disconnect cables, or perform installation or
maintenance of the card during an electrical
Removing the Card:
To remove the Compex LinkPort PCMCIA Ethernet
Card from the PC, do as follows:
Power OFF the machine.
Remove from the coupler the UTP cable from the
RJ-45 socket; or if coaxial cable, the T-connector
from the BNC socket.
Chapter 2: Installing the Adapter
Remove the media coupler from the Compex
LinkPort PCMCIA Ethernet Card. To do this,
squeeze the locking arms on either side of the
coupler-to-card connector. Pull to unplug the
media coupler.
Remove the card from the slot. Store it together
with the coupler in a safe place.
Chapter2: Installing the Adapter
Figure 2-1: Inserting the Card into the Type II PCMCIA socket
Figure 2-2: Plug the 15-pin connector to the 15-pin mating connector
Figure 2-3: BNC Coaxial connection
Chapter 2: Installing the Adapter
Chapter 3
Software Installation
Enabler program: Lanenb.EXE
↵LANENB enabler
is provided to configure Compex
LinkPort ENET-B in DOS environment.
↵Before any driver (either loaded from Config.sys or
Autoexec.bat or any batch file) can initialize the adapter,
LANENB must be run first to configure it.
↵If PCMCIA Card and Socket Services software is run in
the machine, LANENB.EXE must run immediately after
this (Card and Socket Services) software is loaded, but
before loading the network driver.
↵LANENB.EXE cannot be unloaded. The machine must
reboot and LANENB.EXE re-run to change to a new I/O
Address and Interrupt Number.
To run LANENB.EXE, insert the driver diskette in drive
A:\ and type the following:
A:LANENB [/HLP] or [/?]
Interrupt line keyword of the adapter.
I/O Base Address keyword of the adapter.
is a one/two digit number representing the
interrupt line (Valid value: 3, 4, 5, 7, 9,
10, 11*, 12, 15). [*Default IRQ]
Compex LinkPort PCMCIA Ethernet Card
is a 3-digit hex number representing I/O port
base address (Valid value: 200H to 3E0H in
steps of 20H.
Is a 4-digit hex number representing attribude
mwmory address (Valid value: C800, CC00,
D000, D400, D800, DC00)
Help message
Note: The default interrupt line number for the adapter is
5. Notebook computers with built-in sound chips may also
be using this Interrupt value. If you encounter such a
situation, it is best to configure the adapter to a another
Interrupt number such as 10 or 11 to avoid any conflicts.
Before beginning the installation procedure, make a
backup Copy diskette and use the Copy for installation.
Store the original diskette in a safe place.
LANENB.EXE utility
To configure the Compex LinkPort PCMCIA Ethernet
Card properly, you should first run the LANENB.EXE
utility. Enter the following at the DOS prompt:
For example:
LANENB.EXE /int:5 /port:300
The following message will appear:
Socket: 0
IRQ Number: 05
Memory Address: D400H
The Compex LinkPort PCMCIA Ethernet Card is now
configured and you are ready to load the network drivers.
Chapter 3: Installing the Drivers
Network Operating Systems (NOS)
Installation steps for all the Network Operating
Systems (NOS) connection are documented in the
respective directories of the particular NOS, in the
Driver Disk. Please refer to these documents to install
the network driver for the adapter.
As new and updated Network Operating Systems
become available, update drivers and new release disk
will be made available in the Compex Website, FTP
site and BBS servers. For details, refer to Appendix B.
Chapter 3: Installing the Drivers
Chapter 3: Installing the Drivers
Appendix A
Technical Information
Compex LinkPort PCMCIA Ethernet Card
System Configuration
PCMCIA compliant computers
Standard Conformance
IEEE 802.3 standard,
release 2.1 Type II, JEDIA 4.1
I/O Base Address
200H to 3E0H in steps of 20H;
Default IOP: *300H
3, 4, *5, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 15.
(*Default IRQ)
Media Coupler
Card Dimensions
85mm x 54mm x 5mm
Power Requirement
BNC Transceiver: +5V/ 0.28A max.*
(* typical); UTP: +5V/ 0.16A max. *
0°C to 55°C (standard operating);
32°F to 131°F.
10% to 90% (Non-condensing)
(10Base-T) connector,
Compex LinkPort PCMCIA Ethernet Card
Appendix A: Technical Information
Appendix B
Technical Support
If you encounter a specific problem and need our
assistance, this appendix explains how you can get
Technical Support worldwide from Compex.
When you have a problem
When you encounter a problem, please do the
Ensure that you have sent in the product’s
Warranty Registration Card. The card qualifies
you as being eligible for customer support.
If there is a diagnostic program, run it. This helps
identify the cause of the problem, which may be
something you could repair by yourself.
Contact your place of purchase to see if your
network vendor can solve the problem.
If your adapter is still not functioning correctly, seek
help from our Technical Support Specialists.
Before contacting technical support
For faster service, get ready the following facts before
you talk to our Technical Support Specialist.
Compex LinkPort PCMCIA Ethernet Card
A description of the problem. Include in your
description, the sequence of events that led to the
problem and the duration of the problem. State
whether you can reproduce the problem.
A list of the products  software and hardware 
involved in the problem, e.g., your computer
model and type, DOS version, and the type and
version of network operating system (NOS) and
other applications.
Network information, including the network
topology, type of cable used, size of network,
number of workstations in the network, etc.
The network adapter settings and the settings of
the other adapters (if any) in the system.
A list of all the recent system configuration
changes, including hardware, operating system
and application software, network and system
administration procedures.
With this information, our Technical Support Specialists
will be better able to help you solve the problem.
Appendix B: Technical Support
Technical Support Centers
Contact the technical support center that services your location.
U.S.A., Canada, Latin America and South America
* Write
Compex, Inc.
4051 E. La Palma, Unit A
Anaheim, CA 92807, USA
(714) 630-7302 (8 a.m.-5 p.m. Pacific time)
(714) 630-6521
(714) 630-2570 (24-hour access)
( Call
* Write
ReadyLINK Networktechnology Gmbh
Albert Einstein Straβe 42
63322 Rödermark, Germany
++49 (0) 6074 - 98017 (8 a.m.-5 p.m. local time)
++49 (0) 6074 - 90668
BBS: ++49 (0) 6074 - 93974 (24-hour access)
( Call
Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Middle East
and the rest of the World
* Write
( Call
Compex Systems Pte Ltd
135, Joo Seng Road #08-01, PM Industrial Building
Singapore 368363
(65) 286-1805 (8 a.m.-5 p.m. local time)
(65) 283-8337
BBS: (65) 282-8854 (24-hour access)
Appendix B: Technical Support
Appendix B: Technical Support
Appendix B: Technical Support
Compex, Inc.
4051 E. La Palma, Unit A
Anaheim, CA 92807 USA
(714) 630-7302
 1997 by Compex, Inc.
All rights reserved.
Printed in Singapore
Compex LinkPort
PCMCIA Ethernet Card
Manual Number:
Version 1.7C
October 1999
Appendix B: Technical Support