High-speed LocalTalk replacements

Discussion in 'Apple Collectors' started by Maury, Mar 31, 2012.

  1. Maury macrumors 6502

    Mar 25, 2008
    I recall that there were a number of LocalTalk replacements, circa
    86-89, that used clocks internal in the adaptors to allow higher
    speeds than LocalTalk/PhoneNet.

    I'd like to mention these in the
    Wikipedia article on AppleTalk, but I can no longer recall the name of
    them. I seem to remember that one was as fast at 1 Mbps, and another
    that was made by a relatively well-known brand (SUN?)

    Any bells running out there?
  2. Anonymous Freak macrumors 603

    Anonymous Freak

    Dec 12, 2002
    I know a place I worked back in '91-'92 used what I believe was a Sun LocalTalk router that up-clocked to 1-2 Mbps. Also note that PhoneNet was by far the most common physical cabling scheme, and I don't recall a single PhoneNet accelerator, only 3-pin-serial accelerators.
  3. MichaelLAX macrumors 6502a

    Oct 31, 2011
    Trancendental Operating System

    I used to use Tops software and their cards in PC's to allow us to network Macs and PCs and have PC's print to our Laserwriter in Postscript back in the mid to late 80s. I think they ran faster than AppleTalk.

    TOPS was later acquired by SUN. I have a box full of the stuff in storage!

    Is that off-topic?
  4. Maury thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 25, 2008
    No, I believe this is the product I was thinking of.

    If that box is easy to get to, do you think there's a photo possibility and/or manuals you might be able to get to?
  5. MichaelLAX macrumors 6502a

    Oct 31, 2011
    Are you looking for the TOPS products for Macs only; or multi-platform?

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