D-Link DFE-538TX User Manual

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Fast Ethernet Adapter
for PCI Bus
User's Guide
Rev. 07 (Aug. 2002)
Printed in Taiwan


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  • Page 1 DFE-538TX Fast Ethernet Adapter for PCI Bus User’s Guide Rev. 07 (Aug. 2002) Printed in Taiwan...
  • Page 2: Table Of Contents

    Introduction... 1 Contents of Package ... 2 Technology Basics... 3 About Fast Ethernet ... 3 About Auto-Negotiation... 4 About PCI Bus... 5 Features ... 5 Wake On LAN ... 5 Connecting the WOL Cable ... 6 Flow Control ... 7 Networking Basics ...
  • Page 3 Verify Network Adapter Installation ... 42 Verify Cable Connections ... 44 Understanding Indicators... 44 Diagnostics and Checking Communications... 44 Pinging your DFE-538TX Card ... 45 Running Diagnostics on a Network Adapter... 47 Specifications ... 51 D-Link Offices ... 53 LIMITED WARRANTY ... 54 FCC Certifications ...
  • Page 4: Introduction

    Introduction The D-Link DFE-538TX is ideal for the small office or home office environment. After completing the steps in this manual, you will have the ability to share information and resources - such as files and printers - and take full advantage of a "connected"...
  • Page 5: Contents Of Package

    Contents of Package DFE-538TX Fast Ethernet Adapter DFE-538TX Fast Ethernet Adapter Drivers User’s Manual Quick Install Guide Package Contents...
  • Page 6: Technology Basics

    To provide compatibility in traditional 10Mbps Ethernet environments (where, for example, DFE-538TX adapters are installed anticipating upgrade of supporting switch equipment to Fast Ethernet), the DFE-538TX also supports traditional 10Mbps Ethernet operation, in full-duplex as well as half-duplex modes. Selection of the best operation mode in any given installation is automatically governed by auto-negotiation.
  • Page 7: About Auto-Negotiation

    538TX Adapter serving your station (installed in your computer), and the switch through which it is connected to the LAN. The options to be negotiated between the DFE-538TX and its supporting switch includes Ethernet type (100BASE-TX Fast Ethernet or 10BASE-T Ethernet) and duplex mode (half-duplex, being one- way-at-a-time, or full duplex, being simultaneous transmit-and receive.)
  • Page 8: About Pci Bus

    About PCI Bus Your DFE-538TX Adapter delivers outstanding performance by fully exploiting the advance features of your computer’s PCI bus. DFE-538TX Adapters utilize the Bus Master Mode of the PCI bus, allowing direct transfers of Ethernet packet content between computer memory and the adapter’s controller, thus minimizing network demands on the CPU.
  • Page 9: Connecting The Wol Cable

    for valid Wake-up frames. When one is received, the NIC will immediately wake- up and send a signal to the motherboard to power ON the computer. Some uses for the WOL feature include: • Forgot a document and are out of town? Send a Wake-up signal to your computer and retrieve the needed file.
  • Page 10: Flow Control

    (requiring a direct connection to a switch) and the switch’s data buffer is about to overflow, a Pause frame will be transmitted to the DFE-538TX. The ensuing idle time keeps the buffer from overflowing and prevents data from being lost.
  • Page 11: Networking Basics

    If you installed your DFE-538TX on computers running Windows 95, you got an opportunity to give each computer a name during the installation of the network system software.
  • Page 12 Click the "Identification" tab on the top of the dialog box. 2. Type a unique, identifying name for this particular computer in the "Computer name:" box. This will be the name that other computers on your network will use to communicate with this computer. Each computer’s name must be unique on a particular network or confusion will result.
  • Page 13: Sharing Files

    Sharing Files With your computers connected together on a network, you may now open and save files on another computer. You will be able to specify particular folders or disk drives to "share" and even password protect them. The steps below will enable you to share specific files and folders with other computers on your network.
  • Page 14 This dialog box is where you will configure most of your computers network settings. It is also available through the "Network" icon in the Control Panel. Click the "File and Print Sharing…" button.
  • Page 15 Select "I want to be able to give others access to my files." Click OK on the "File and Print Sharing" dialog box. Click OK on the "Network" dialog box. Provide the Windows 95/98 installation CD or diskette(s) if prompted or direct Windows to the proper location of the installation files.
  • Page 16 You will now be able to identify a particular folder or disk drive to share. You may want to share a folder that both you and a colleague/family member need to access occasionally. Or, maybe you want to share a CD-ROM drive so your other computer that does not have one can read CD’s.
  • Page 17 10. Select "Share As:" to set the parameters for sharing this particular disk drive or folder. The "Share Name:" box is used to identify the disk drive or folder you are sharing to other computers on the network. You can give it any name you wish. However, a specific identification may help as more resources on your network are shared.
  • Page 18: Sharing Printers

    Network Drive…" You will then be able to assign an available drive letter. Checking "Reconnect at logon" allows Windows to map this network drive each time you start your computer. Sharing Printers "Sharing" a printer connected to one computer with other computers on your network can be very convenient - allowing you to print from any computer on the network.
  • Page 19 "Properties" from the context menu. 1. Click "File and Print Sharing…" 2. Select "I want to be able to allow others to print to my printer(s)." 3. Click OK on the "File and Print Sharing" dialog box. 4. Click OK on the "Network" dialog box. 5.
  • Page 20 6. You may now share any installed printers connected to this computer with other computers on your network.
  • Page 21 7. Right-click on the printer you want to share with others on the network and select "Sharing…" 8. Click "Share As:" and provide a "Share Name:" to identify the printer to other computers on the network. "Comment:" and "Password:" are optional. Click OK.
  • Page 22 START>SETTINGS>PRINTERS 11. Double click the "Add Printer" icon. 12. The "Add Printer Wizard" will appear. Click Next. 13. Choose "Network printer." Click Next. 14. Now you will identify the location of the Network Printer. If you know the name of the computer and the share name of the printer, you can type it into the "Network path or queue name:"...
  • Page 23 Note: the computer that the printer is connected to must be “ON” to use the printer. If you find this inconvenient, devices known as Network Print Servers are available from multiple vendors, including D-Link. A Network Print Server would allow you to directly connect your printer to your network.
  • Page 24: Assigning A Static Ip Address

    Assigning a Static IP Address Follow these steps to configure your DFE-538TX card for networking: 1. Go to Start> Settings> Network and Dial-up Connections 2. Right-click on Local Area Connection then click on Properties.
  • Page 25 3. Highlight Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) and then click Properties. 4. The “Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) Properties” window appears. Change from “Obtain an IP address automatically” to “Use the following IP address.” 5. Specify your IP address as and your Subnet mask as and click OK.
  • Page 26 Note: Repeat this step for each computer that will be added to this network. Make sure that the IP address is unique for each computer. The first computer is computer A and uses the IP address of with Subnet mask of
  • Page 27: Networking With Windows 2000

    Networking with Windows 2000 Configuring Your Network Settings When computers are placed on a network they need a way to communicate with each other in order to share files, printers and other network resources. Computers communicate using protocols. This section assumes that you have installed the protocols listed in the “Installing Software”...
  • Page 28: Configuring Your Network Identification

    Configuring your Network Identification Follow these steps to configure your DFE-538TX card for networking: 1. Go to Start> Settings> Control Panel 2. Double click on the System icon.
  • Page 29 3. Select the “Network Identification” tab and then click “Properties.”...
  • Page 30 4. Specify the Computer name you want for the computer, and the membership of the Workgroup you are configuring. The Computer name can be any name you wish to call your PC. Each PC will need to have a unique computer name. The Workgroup name will need to be the same for both PCs.
  • Page 31: Configuring The Ip Address For Tcp/Ip

    Configuring the IP Address for TCP/IP Follow these steps to configure your DFE-538TX card for networking: 8. Go to Start> Settings> Network and Dial-up Connections 9. Right-click on Local Area Connection then click on Properties.
  • Page 32 10. Highlight Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) and then click Properties.
  • Page 33 11. The “Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) Properties” window appears. Change from “Obtain an IP address automatically” to “Use the following IP address.” 12. Specify your IP address as and your Subnet mask as and click OK. The IP address shown is an example. You can substitute another IP address as long as it is unique and follows the same format as the one shown in the example.
  • Page 34: Sharing Drives

    13. Assign a different IP Address to computer B: (the last digit changed from number 1 to number 2.) The Subnet mask for computer B will have to be the same as computer A with 14. After entering the IP address and Subnet mask, click OK and close the “TCP/IP Properties”...
  • Page 35 4. Select the “Sharing” tab on the “Local Drive Properties” Window. Select “Share this folder,” and click “New Share.” 5. In the “New Share” box, name the drive as you would like it to appear in “My Computer” and “Network Neighborhood,” set the maximum number of users and make a comment, then click OK.
  • Page 36 6. Choose the “Share Permissions” tab and set limits on the share as needed. The default settings allow all users to read and write to the hard drive. Click OK. 7. The shared drive should now have a hand underneath it, indicating that it is a shared drive.
  • Page 37: Sharing Folders

    Sharing Folders Follow these steps to share a folder: 1. You must be logged in as a member of the Administrators, Server Operators, or Power Users groups to perform these operations. 2. Double click on “My Computer” icon to open it. 3.
  • Page 38 4. Navigate to the folder you want to share and right click on it. Choose “Sharing.” Change the settings under the “Sharing” tab to “Share this folder.” Set the “Permissions” on the folder and the number of users who can access the file.
  • Page 39: Sharing A Printer

    Sharing a Printer Follow these steps to share a printer: 1. All printer sharing instructions assume that you have a printer on one machine that is connected to the Local Area Network. Go through this procedure on the computer the printer is connected to. 2.
  • Page 40 3. Right click on the printer you want to share and select “Sharing.” 4. Under the “Sharing” tab change the value from “Not Shared” to “Shared As” and click OK.
  • Page 41 The printer should now have a hand underneath it, indicating that it is now shared. Follow these steps to access the printer from all other computers on the network, repeat as needed for each computer: 5. Go to Start > Settings > Printers 6.
  • Page 42 7. Click Next at the “Add Printer Wizard” screen. 8. Select “Network printer” to make the printer available as a resource on the network.
  • Page 43 9. At this screen, click Next to “Browse” for a printer. 10. Select the printer and click Next to continue.
  • Page 44 11. Click Yes and then click Next. 12. Click Finish to complete the printer installation.
  • Page 45: Troubleshooting

    2. Select the "Device manager" tab on top of the "System Properties" dialog box. 3. Double-click "Network adapters" if you do not see any items branching out. You should see "D-Link DFE-538TX Fast Ethernet PCI Adapter branching out after double-clicking "Network adapters."...
  • Page 46 If you see symbols such as a yellow exclamation point or red "X" over the icon adjacent to "D-Link DFE-538TX Fast Ethernet PCI Adapter," your adapter is not installed properly or may have a problem. Double-click the "D-Link DFE-538TX Fast Ethernet PCI Adapter"...
  • Page 47: Verify Cable Connections

    The "Uplink" port is only used when connecting your hub to another hub or switch. Understanding Indicators Your DFE-538TX has indicators or lights that can give you information about your network traffic and help you determine problems when troubleshooting. Your DFE-538TX’s have two indicators labeled "ACT" and "LINK" on their back panels.
  • Page 48: Pinging Your Dfe-538Tx Card

    MS-DOS mode. One computer must be designated the "Master" and the other designated the "Slave". If you encounter any problems, please contact D-Link technical support. Pinging your DFE-538TX Card Follow these steps to Ping a device: Ping is the acronym for Packet Internet Groper (PING), a utility to determine if a specific IP address is accessible.
  • Page 49 1. Go to Start> Programs> MS-Dos Prompt.
  • Page 50: Running Diagnostics On A Network Adapter

    1. Boot up the computer with a DOS Boot Disk and wait for the DOS prompt to appear. It should look similar to c:\>. 2. Remove the boot disk and replace it with the Diagnostics Disk provided with your DFE-538TX Card.
  • Page 51 3. Type in “A:” then “cd diag” and hit enter. Note: The letter “A” represents the floppy drive 4. Then type in “diag” and hit enter. (This will bring up another screen.) 5. Go down to the bottom of the screen and follow the instruction to enter the diagnostics by hitting the space bar.
  • Page 52 6. Go to View Current Configuration, hit enter and check the Ethernet Address for the card (If the address is A5-A5-A5-A5-A5, FF-FF-FF-FF-FF, or any single alphanumeric pair all the way across, that is an indication of a defective card).
  • Page 53 7. Go back to the main menu to run on-board diagnostics on the card. 8. Once the diagnostics has run for a while, hit the Esc key to back out of the diagnostic program (Note: The Diagnostic Program will run continuously until you ESC out).
  • Page 54: Specifications

    Specifications Network Type: • Fast Ethernet 100Base-TX IEEE 802.3u standard for 100 Mbps baseband CSMA/CD local area network • Ethernet 10Base-T IEEE 802.3 standard for 10Mbps baseband CSMA/CD local area network Jumperless Hardware Auto-negotiation functionality ACPI PCI power management support Remote Wake up of ACPI/APM system support With AMD magic packet, Link Chg.
  • Page 55 Host Interface: PCI 2.1 and PCI 2.2 Bus (Bus Master) I/O & IRQ base address: assigned by Plug and Play system Physical Dimensions: 12 x 5.8 cm Environment: Storage: Operating: Humidity: 10% to 90% non-condensing Power Consumption: 0.32W (96mA @ 3.3V) max. PCB Layer: Available Drivers: Microsoft Windows 95 / 98...
  • Page 56: D-Link Offices

    1 Giffnock Avenue, North Ryde, NSW 2113 Australia TEL: 61-2-8899-1800 FAX: 61-2-8899-1868 URL: www.dlink.com.au India D-Link House, Kurla Bandra Complex Road, Off CST Road, Santacruz (East), Mumbai - 400098. India TEL: 91-022-26526696/56902210 FAX: 91-022-26528914 URL: www.dlink.co.in Middle East (Dubai) P.O.Box: 500376 Office No.:103, Building:3...
  • Page 57 D-Link, 53 Discovery Drive, Irvine CA 92618, with all shipping costs prepaid. D-Link may reject or return any product that is not packaged and shipped in strict compliance with the foregoing requirements, or for which an RMA number is not visible from the outside of the package.
  • Page 58: Limited Warranty

  • Page 59 REMEDY FOR A BREACH OF THE FOREGOING LIMITED WARRANTY IS REPAIR, REPLACEMENT OR REFUND OF THE DEFECTIVE OR NON-CONFORMING PRODUCT. GOVERNING LAW: This Limited Warranty shall be governed by the laws of the state of California. Some states do not allow exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, or limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts, so the foregoing limitations and exclusions may not apply.
  • Page 60: Fcc Certifications

    FCC Certifications This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio...
  • Page 61: Ce Mark Warning

    VCCI Warning Trademarks Copyright 1999 D-Link Corporation. Contents subject to change without prior notice. D-Link is a registered trademark of D-Link Corporation/D-Link Systems, Inc. All other trademarks belong to their respective proprietors.
  • Page 62: Registration Card

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  • Page 63 Registration Register your product on-line at: http://support.dlink.com/register Product registration is entirely voluntary and failure to complete or return this form will not diminish your warranty rights.

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