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X-Surf-500 at ACA500

X-Surf-500 is the networking card for both the ACA500 and the ACA500plus accelerators. While it offers full 100MBit networking support and comes with a TCP/IP stack included, it comes at a very competitive price.



Hardware installation

The X-Surf-500 comes with a 34-pin header that sticks out the bottom of the card. Insert this header into the holes on the ACA500 or ACA500plus that are labelled "Network/USB module". There is only one way for this to fit properly.

Make a network connection between your router and the RJ-45 connector of the X-Surf-500. If you power the computer on, the green LINK/ACT LED should light up after a few seconds. It may blink every now and then, even if no networking software is running on the Amiga.

Software installation

Please update your ACA500plus to the latest menu system version and also run the "network installer" update (TBD). Insert the CF card with your OS on into the Boot slot, then launch the ACA500plus automatic installer by pressing F7 and choose "install TCP/IP Stack". On the next launch of the OS from that card, the system will automatically attempt to go online and request an IP address using DHCP. If this works out, you will not see anything special on the screen; your computer is just online, and any program that uses network can do so from now on.

If there is any error, the network GUI will pop up and report the error. If you want to make any change, just open the WBStartup drawer and double-click the "Network" icon; this will let you configure details about your network connection, for example using a static IP address or only going online manually. Usage of this tool should be self-explanatory.

The GUI configuration tool also works with Roadshow as its TCP/IP stack. Simply drag the 'Network' icon to WBStartup, Utilities, or Tools, whereever you please. We recommend to use a location in the search path, as the 'Network' utility is also versatile in the command line, e.g. 'network stop flush start' would bring down networking, flush/reload the SANA-II driver, and start the network again.

Register-level description

This has been moved to a separate page: X-Surf-500_registers


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