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NCR Wavelan Requires MediaType=Ethernet_II for Novell in WFWG

Article ID: 93088

Article Last Modified on 10/30/1999


  • Microsoft Windows for Workgroups 3.1

This article was previously published under Q93088


The NCR Wavelan card is a wireless Ethernet card that operates on radio waves. To function correctly with Novell NetWare, it requires the following entry in the [MS$IPX] section of the PROTOCOL.INI file:


If the Novell/Ethernet Media Type is incorrectly specified for the NCR Wavelan card and MSIPX.SYS, MSIPX.COM, and NETX.COM are loading, the system may hang when NETX loads, or you may receive a file server error message.

You can set the MediaType in the Networks dialog box of Control Panel.


The Ethernet_II entry sets up the media access control (MAC) driver to receive DIX Ethernet frame types, rather than 802.3 (Novell/Ethernet). Many of the Novell file servers with these cards are using 802.3. The server must also be modified to support the Ethernet_II frame type by adding the line "ethernetii" to the NET.CFG file.

To change the setting through Control Panel:

  1. In the Control Panel window, choose the Network icon.
  2. Choose the Adapters button.
  3. Choose the Setup button and select Protocols.
  4. Select Novell IPX and choose the Settings button.
  5. Change the value of Media Type to Ethernet_II, then choose the OK button.

Additional query words: 3.10 file wave lan two ii

Keywords: KB93088