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Network Adapters Compatible with IBM Token-Ring Adapter

Article ID: 102607

Article Last Modified on 11/1/2006


  • Microsoft Windows NT Advanced Server 3.1
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 3.1
  • Microsoft Windows NT Advanced Server 3.1

This article was previously published under Q102607


Network interface cards (NIC) that use the IBM/National Semiconductor Token Ring Protocol Interface Controller (TROPIC) chip set should be fully compatible with IBM Token-Ring Adapters and thus compatible with the IBM Token-Ring Driver that ships with Windows NT.

The following adapters use the TROPIC chip set:

3Com TokenLink
Accton Technology Ring Pair-4/16 T
Asante Technologies TokenPac
Compex TNET-16
D-Link DT-220
D-Link DT-320
D-Link DT-620
IBM Token-Ring Network 16/4 EISA Adapter
Klever Computers K1601 MC
Klever Computers K1604
Madge Networks Straight Blue ISA Adapter
Madge Networks Straight Blue ISA + Adapter
Madge Networks Straight Blue MC Adapter
North Hills Electronics ISA Adapter
Plexcom Plexnet 8086
SilCom Technology TR Direct/Blue ISA
Thomas-Conrad Token Ring Adapter 16/4 Model 4043

For additional information concerning compatibility, contact the manufacturer of the individual adapter.

Listed below is the TROPIC chip set that IBM licensed from National Semiconductor.

   DP8025   Token Ring Interface Controller
   DP802511 TROPIC RAM Relocation Register Decoder
   DP802512 Upper Memory Decoder
   DP802513 Memory MEMCS-16 Signal Decoder

The DP802514 and DP802515 are Microcode ROMs for the TROPIC Token-Ring Network Controllers and they feature an interface that is compatible to DP8025 Interface Controller to allow direct interfacing without the use of GLUE logic.


1993 National Semiconductor Data Book for Ethernet and Token Ring LAN Magazine September 1993, Volume 8, Number 9

The network interface cards listed above are manufactured by vendors independent of Microsoft; we make no warranty, implied or otherwise, regarding these products' performance or reliability.

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