Power Macintosh 6500/275 PCI Network Card Options

kenrainforth

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Jan 28, 2019
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Hi,

My Power Macintosh 6500/275 doesn't have a network card installed and was just wondering if there were any recommendations or any compatible recent cards available I could get off Amazon (UK) etc. I've checked several websites stating what cards will work (listed below) but just wondered if there was something that wasn't being described as 'Vintage/Rare/Retro' with a price tag to match. I've also wondered, as I have a USB card installed, if there was a USB Network Dongle that would work? I'm running System 9.1 and will try to get 9.2 on there using a fix I've read about online, don't know if that changes any of the recommendations or not but thought I'd state it.....also, I don't know why I'm going to try upgrading to 9.2....it's just in my nature.

Any help, advice would be much appreciated.

Best Regards,

Ken

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PCI network cards
  • Apple:
    • Ethernet 10Base-T/10Base-2/AAUI Card
  • Farallon:
    • Fast EtherTX 10/100 PCI Card - PN994-TX
    • Fast EtherTX-10/100 PCI Plus - PN996(L)
    • Gigabit PCI Card - PN9000-SX
    • EtherMac PCI Card 10Base-T- PN593-TP
    • EtherMac PCI Card 10Base-T/Thin - PN593-C
    • EtherMac PCI Card - PN893-TP
  • Sonnet:
    • Aria Exteme N PCI
    • Presto Gigabit Pro
 

LightBulbFun

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a common cheap n cheerful ethernet card would be anything RTL8139 based

its an ethernet card/chipset that has drivers for literally every OS under the sun :)
 
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AphoticD

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a common cheap n cheerful ethernet card would be anything RTL8139 based

its an ethernet card/chipset that has drivers for literally every OS under the sun :)
I'll second that. I used a cheap RTL8139 PCI card in a Power Macintosh 7220/200 many years back - it worked fine in Mac OS 8.6 and 9.1, as well as several PowerPC Linux distros of the time.
 
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kenrainforth

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Jan 28, 2019
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a common cheap n cheerful ethernet card would be anything RTL8139 based

its an ethernet card/chipset that has drivers for literally every OS under the sun :)
Thank you for this, really appreciate it, I'll go in search of one now. Thanks again.
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I'll second that. I used a cheap RTL8139 PCI card in a Power Macintosh 7220/200 many years back - it worked fine in Mac OS 8.6 and 9.1, as well as several PowerPC Linux distros of the time.
Also, thank you for seconding it, much appreciated. Cheers.
 
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EnriqueG

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Another vote for rtl8139 chipset.

I had one Sawtooth G4 with a faulty built in ethernet port and an old Realtek card from PC worked great as substitute.
 
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kenrainforth

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Great, I've ordered one today on eBay £3.50, can't go wrong....well, on price anyway. Thanks for your responses. I'll update this once it arrives and I've tested it. Cheers.
 

kenrainforth

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Fantastic, what a great forum this is! Really appreciate the help, I never had a Mac when I was growing up and by the time I went into IT as a job it was DOS then DOS/Windows then Windows NT and so on. It was funny seeing drivers labelled Novell Client for OS/2 and Embedded NT4.0 in the list for this card. Takes me back.

I've been a modern Mac user for maybe 10 years, love the products, can't help getting carried away with the stuff. I've recently wanted to go back a bit and look at some of the older models, the 6500 came up on eBay and was near me in immaculate condition, like new to be honest so I got it. Since then I've made a few schoolboy errors, wiping the machine before copying off the USB card drives, installing 9.1 over 8.6 from an ISO mounted on the desktop....failed, re-wipe. So other than buying this machine I've had to buy a USB floppy drive for my MacBook Pro and an external DVD/RW drive - just in case.

I'm now up to 9.2.2 after using the OS 9 Helper app, all working nicely and I'm now watching A Hard Day's Night, cause it can and I can!

Bit of a long reply but just thought I'd put some background around my request.

Thanks all again.

Ken