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X-Surf Logo Ethernet Network Card for all Amigas with Zorro-Slots

Features:
  • For all Amigas with Zorro slots
  • Compatible with A1200 Zorro boards: Winner Z4, Mikronik, RBM
  • Auto-negotiation acc. to IEEE 802.3, 10Base2 and 10Base-T supported
  • BNC and Twisted-pair (RJ-45) connectors
  • Automatic choice of the used connector
  • 20 MBit transfer rate (full duplex, twisted-pair only)
  • 16 KByte buffer mem for maximum performance
  • Auto prefetch for another increase of performance
  • Automatic polarity correction for 10Base-T
  • Realtek chipset
  • Noise Filter Bus Interface ensures proper function in heavy-loaded Zorro systems
  • Compatible with Miami, Genesis, AmiTCP and all TCP/IP Stacks that can access a Sana-2 driver
  • Sana-2 driver included, NetBSD driver available in the latest distribution
  • Nordic Global has announced an MNI driver for X-Surf in Miami
  • All programming docs open (for Linux-drivers)


Multiple expansion options:
  • Two clockports for A1200 expansions such as Silversurfer and Hypercom
  • 26-pin expansion port just like Buddha/Catweasel Z-II controllers
  • Two IDE ports 3,5" and 2,5" for harddisks and CD-Roms can be activated by the IDE-fix Software package
  • All expansion ports are independant from each other and can also be used at the same time

X-Surf ("Cross-surf") is the cheapest network card you can find for Zorro-Amiga computers, but looking at the functionality, it does not have to hide behind it's competitors. Although the included software is reduced to a minimum, the full performance that you expect from a network card can be reached with OS 3.5. Since the TCP/IP stack is already included in the operating system, you don't have to pay for it again with the network card. Everything you need is the X-Surf's Sana-2 driver to make the TCP/IP stack of your choice work with it.

Once you installed the TCP/IP stack, you can use all programs that need a network on your Amiga: An IRC-client, a web browser or a network filesystem that lets you access files of a computer that's in the same network. The Samba-package (available freely on the Aminet) for example lets you exchange files between Amigas and even between a Windows PC and an Amiga!

The large variety of expansion possibilities is an unparalleled added value for most Amiga users. Most users are short of Zorro slots, so the possibility to connect a serial interface like the Silversurfer or the Hypercom 3 module can solve most space problems in your Amiga. Since there's two clock-ports on the X-Surf, you can connect two Silversurfer boards at a time. Both can be accessed with the same silversurfer.device, just use the next unit number. The clock-ports are two fully-featured ports that are hardware-compatible with the pin header in A1200 computers. The driver software for A1200 expansions only has to be modified in some details in order to make the add-ons work with the X-Surf. There are no conflicts between the ports already present in the system (A1200, the four clock-ports of the Z4 board or the Buddha Flash port) and the new clock-ports of the X-Surf - they all can be used at the same time.

The two IDE ports should be considered as a free add-on. The necessary drivers are not included, because we don't want you to pay for an IDE controller if you only intend to get an Ethernet card. If you want to use IDE devices, you'll have to buy the IDE-fix software package. Anyway, the ports should not be considered as full IDE ports, because you can't boot from them, and the timing is not configurable. If you want these functions, we recommend a Buddha Flash controller. The IDE ports are to be considered as temporary solutions if you want to connect a 2,5" harddrive to an A2000, A3000 or A4000 without buying further equipment such as a 3,5" -> 2,5" adapter.

Owners of an A3000 for example can boot off an SCSI harddisk, and activate a cheap IDE harddrive and an ATAPI CD-ROM with the IDE-fix software. You shouldn't use a CD-writer on these ports, because only one IO-request at a time can be issued by the X-Surf controller. That means a pre-emptive use of IDE devices - necessary for CD-writers - is impossible on the X-Surf. For this purpose we recommend a Buddha Flash controller.

Finally there is to emphasize that all expansion ports can be used at the same time. For going to extremes, you can use a Hypercom 3 module, a Silversurfer on one, a Catweasel MK2 on the other clock-port, and four IDE/Atapi devices at the same time while the network functions are not affected. All this occupies only one of your precious zorro-slots!



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