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ed jones
Posted on Wednesday, January 10, 2001 - 11:43 pm:   

Will a ISA NIC card in one PC be able to talk to another PC using a PCI NIC card?
I want to network my two computers at home, I have 1-isa nic card and 1-pci nic card.
TIA, for any help.
Posted on Thursday, January 11, 2001 - 3:41 pm:   

Sure, that's no problem, as long as they both accept the same type of cable. A lot of the older ISA cards had more than one connector: ethernet, AUI, and/or coax. Assuming you have an ethernet PCI card (the connector looks like a wide phone jack), you can just connect it to the ethernet jack on the ISA card and it will auto-sense the type of cable you're using.

If you want to hook two machines up without a hub, you'll have to use a crossover cable.

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