This guide describes the two versions of the Gigabit Ethernet board, shows you how to connect the boards to an Ethernet network, and explains how to operate the boards.
You can use the Gigabit Ethernet board to replace the built-in Ethernet network adapter in your system, or use it in addition to your current adapter. The fiber-optic Gigabit Ethernet board operates under IRIX 6.4 or later. The copper Gigabit Ethernet board operates under IRIX 6.5.7 or later.
This guide is written for users of the Gigabit Ethernet board. It is assumed that you have general knowledge of Ethernet networks and the system in which the board is installed.
|Warning: Never look into the end of a fiber optic cable to confirm that light is being emitted (or for any other reason). Most fiber optic laser wavelengths (1300 nmand 1550nm) are invisible to the eye and cause permanent eye damage. Shorter wavelength lasers (for example, 780 nm) are visible and can cause significant eye damage. Use only an optical power meter to verify light output.|
|Warning: Never look into the end of a fiber optic cable on a powered device with any type of magnifying device, such as a microscope, eye loupe, or magnifying glass. Such activity causes cause a permanent burn on the retina of the eye. Optical signal cannot be determined by looking into the fiber end.|
This guide contains the following chapters:
Chapter 1, “Gigabit Ethernet Board Features and Capabilities”, summarizes board features, lists the protocols and interfaces with which the board is compatible, and gives board configuration limits for various systems.
Chapter 2, “Connecting the Gigabit Ethernet Board to a Network”, shows you how to connect the Gigabit Ethernet board to your network.
Chapter 3, “Gigabit Ethernet Board Operation”, explains how to verify installation of the board and software, how to reset the board, how to set parameters to improve performance, and how to set configuration parameters.
Appendix A, “Specifications”, summarizes the physical and performance characteristics, environmental information, and operating ranges of the board.
A glossary and an index complete this guide.
This guide is part of a document set that fully supports the installation, operation, and service of the Gigabit Ethernet board. For more information about installing and servicing the Gigabit Ethernet board, see the user's guide for the system in which the board is installed.
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