LAN104 Frequently Asked Questions

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Question #283: Does my operating system support the LAN104?
Answer: Basically if your OS has drivers for the AMD PCnet TM-FAST III Ethernet Controller, it will work with the LAN104.

Please note that from Win8 onwards, there are no suitable Windows drivers available.
Also note that there are no 64bit drivers.

Question #299: I try to use a LAN104-2 and another PC104+ card, but either one half of the LAN104-2, the PC104+ card or both do not work correctly.
Answer: The LAN104-2 implements two completely separated PCI devices on a single PC104+ card. So two consecutive slot numbers need to be reserved for the LAN104-2 to work properly. Please check chapter 3.2 "Switch Settings" of the "LAN104 User's Manual" for more information.

Question #349: Can this PC/104-Plus card also be used in a system with a PC/104 (ISA part) only stack?
Answer: No. As this card is based on one (or more) PCI interface chips, the use of a PC/104-Plus capable host system is mandatory. The main purpose to the provided PC/104 connector is to pass-through the ISA signals to allow the installation of additional PC/104 cards.

Question #282: Can I use the LAN104 with fiber optical cables?
Answer: Generally the LAN104 does only support 10/100Base-TX ethernet. If you want to connect to other kinds of networks you require an external converter. Such ethernet tranceivers boxes are third party parts (available from D-Link, Allied Telesyn, many others).
If you are using a LAN104-RJ you can use a 10/100Base-TX to 100 Base-FX transceiver for example.
There is also the possibility to use a LAN104-1MII/-2MII and an MII- to 100 Base-FX transceiver for example. This MII solution has the advantage that no extra power supply for the external transceiver is required. For the connection of a standard MII conncector, to the mini-Ribbon connector of the LAN104-MII, an adapter print is available.
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