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Chrysalis

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The old days of networking
« on: April 13, 2019, 11:53:55 AM »

who is old enough to remember these :)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/10BASE2

I remember the days of hooking 4 pc's together with my friends, the t connectors and having to remember to terminate each end so we could have many hours of command and conquer (and later down the line starcraft).
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Re: The old days of networking
« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2019, 12:22:36 PM »

who is old enough to remember these :)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/10BASE2

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It was a common occurance,  when I was called to assist ("It doesn't work."), to find that the resistive terminators had not been installed at the end of the bus.  ::)
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Re: The old days of networking
« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2019, 12:45:03 PM »

That's a trip down memory lane. I'd forgotten all about those, but it comes back to me now.
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Re: The old days of networking
« Reply #3 on: April 13, 2019, 03:09:34 PM »

I knew nothing else while I was in London.
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Re: The old days of networking
« Reply #4 on: April 13, 2019, 03:19:29 PM »

Company I worked for had a thicknet (10base5) backbone along the whole site and then many 10base2 segments hung off it.
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Re: The old days of networking
« Reply #5 on: April 13, 2019, 09:14:17 PM »

 A very handy method of networking. I well remember years ago being asked to provide a network cable between two rooms at home. I took only a few minutes, as I patched together a CB aerial cable ( 50 ohm ) to a spare TV aerial cable feed. The mismatch did not seem to upset anything...............
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Re: The old days of networking
« Reply #6 on: April 13, 2019, 11:32:10 PM »

Ah yes, the old days of 10Mbps ethernet.    I remember writing the device drivers.   With contemporary hardware, the challenge of maintaining throghput of anywhere near 10Mbps was daunting.

Being based on copper, it seemed inevitable of course, it would be superceded by optical fibre, FDDI being the obvious candidate...

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiber_Distributed_Data_Interface

I wrote drivers for FDDI too, it felt like I was participating in technology akin to science fiction.  But of course, FDDI was largely rendered obsolete by fast ethernet, yes back to copper.  :)
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Re: The old days of networking
« Reply #7 on: April 14, 2019, 09:32:34 AM »

Yes I remember them, we used to run them between our computers so we could play multi player Doom, must of been early to mid 90s. I bet my brother still has the cables.
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Re: The old days of networking
« Reply #8 on: April 14, 2019, 01:42:30 PM »

I used to manage a small VAX/PC network with those 10base2 ethernet connections. The PCs were running Pathworks client (remember that?) with a VAX as a Pathworks server. All installed with floppy disc. Office 97 had a lot of floppies for an install too lol
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Re: The old days of networking
« Reply #9 on: April 15, 2019, 08:39:11 AM »

We used Banyan Vines
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Re: The old days of networking
« Reply #10 on: April 15, 2019, 09:19:25 AM »

I seem to remember seeing some installation that was 26 floppies.
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Re: The old days of networking
« Reply #11 on: April 16, 2019, 07:23:13 PM »

And then of course there was Token Ring :)
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Re: The old days of networking
« Reply #12 on: April 17, 2019, 10:01:21 AM »

One of the customer networks I supported in the NOC still had FDDI in 2016 when I left.

I had 10Base2 at home and at school when I was a young'un. Though, before that we were doing multiplayer Doom with a Null Modem cable :D
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Re: The old days of networking
« Reply #13 on: June 11, 2019, 12:58:42 PM »

Hi

Yes remember this well, had two computers at home networked sharing an Internet connection (dial up!) and allowing some games to be played across the two PCs head to head.

In some ways this type of network topology using coax is still with us in the form of cable TV (Virgin).

Regards

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Re: The old days of networking
« Reply #14 on: June 11, 2019, 03:52:45 PM »

10Base2 aka "Thin Ethernet" was trouble.  It reached the stage where any quote that we put out for installing or modifying an installation included an information and disclaimer sheet.   And the so-called make before break proprietary systems were even worse.
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