So on the heels of my prior post, someone was asking me, where do you exactly plug in an RJ-45 style cable to something like an Etherlink II? It had never occured to me that many people today would have no idea what thicknet/thinnet were, or what the magical world of the AUI port is.. Sure there are transceivers still in use, but typically in larger networking equipment, and more so to choose what king of fiber optics to use (single mode? multimode? etc..).
So looking at the back of the card, we see this:
Sorry for the poor quality but.. thems the breaks. So anyways back in the day ethernet revolved around this big bulky cabling lovingly called Thicknet. And you had to use these ‘vampire’ taps to plug into the cable, and the cable had markings that you could only tap into it a certain points. So luckily for us, the transceiver component of Thicknet was external, letting us in the future plug in different transceivers for different media types.
Say something like this:
And that is how you can plug a cable into a card that is older than the rj45 ethernet standard!