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Macs, PCs, & 10 Base-T LAN


HazMatt

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Here is my setup, all on a 10 Base-T ethernet network. We are hosting 30 databases on a Windows NT server using FileMaker Server 5, using TCP / IP.

iMac 700 MHz

iMac 233 MHz

iMac 233 MHz

Power Mac G3 B&W 400 MHz

Power Mac G3 266 MHz

Power Mac G3 266 MHz

Power Mac 8500 120 MHz

Power Mac 7200 75 MHz

Power Mac 7100 80 MHz

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6 or 7 PCs with a similar performance range.

I've been trying to get the client machines up to FileMaker 6, and am having problems with the Power Mac 7100 / 80. It has 136 MB of Ram, Mac OS 8.6, and FileMaker 6.0v3. I can open the databases, but inevitably I will run into a communication error and all my databases will close. Performance is slow when it works, but it SHOULD just work.

Is my network simply getting bogged down? This particular machine has an old style ethernet connection, and I have a converter for that, maybe that's a bottle-neck? Any ideas?

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The first thing I always think of is SLEEP. Is the computer set to go to sleep at all? Check Energy saver control panel.

Not sure if you can connect using AppleTalk if the server is a PC but you should make sure your client is set up to connect via TCP/IP. It is much more reliable in my experience.

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Is the NT Server dedicated to FM Server ??

You could use the iMac-700 as it's the fastest you've got nad it already has 100Base networking.

Get yourself into 100Base-T allround.

100Base switch would help.

I'm surprised you get this problem in any form of LAN. I run a two site WAN with a 128k link with e-mail and other stuff sharing the same band-width. The same problem occurs, but it's not bad.

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It's could be the ethernet card. Back when we still had 7100's, we ended up putting third party ethernet cards (mostly Asante) in them after driving the support guys and network guru's a little crazy. The card that came from the factory in the 7100's and early 7200's apparently is kinda flaky.

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I'm surprised that 8.5 works better than 8.6. OS8.6 was just about the most reliable version that Apple ever released.

Filemaker can generate a lot of network traffic depending how it's been setup. Have you noticed if any of the other machines experience problems when you bring the 7100 on line? Do you see the collision/jam LEDs on the hub light up a lot? My guess is that you are getting a lot of collisions. I suspect that the cheapest fix is to replace the hub with a switch. These are not very expensive. You could even use a small 5 port switch ($50) just to break up the network a bit. Put the server and the 7100 on the switch. Then run an uplink cable from the switch to the hub to tie in the rest of the network. You can always upgrade the individual ethernet cards on the machines later if you need to.

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I agree. I haven't checked out switch prices for a few months. Last time I checked, there was a bit of a price jump going from a 5 port (which is the smallest, I think) to something that would handle the 17 computers on this network.

Another possibility, if you have the network on two or three hubs instead of one, is to put the server on the switch and then connect each hub to a port on the switch.

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