I just got my GCT last night, ripped into it - formatted a 2 mb cf card with dos to make sure it would boot, etc. Looks great! Now... I ordered a 128 mb cf card and will be putting Win98 on there. For networking... will the HPNA adapter work with Win98 right out of the box? I can get a USB->hpna adapter for my HOME computer for $50, or I can add USB ethernet to the GCT for $35. Seems like the extra $15 is "worth it" to avoid having the additional strain on the GCT... I'll be using it to stream MP3s so want to keep processor overhead as low as possible. Thoughts?
When I installed Win98 on mine, it didn't recognize the HPNA miniPCI adapter.
You will need to get the driver at freedrive.com, user/pwd is gctp/GCTP.
I didn't test the HPNA adapter yet. I just bought another HPNA card to put
in my desktop. When it arrives I'll give it a try. What I already did was
to test my Linksys USB-Ethernet adapter on the GCT. It worked beautifully
and I didn't notice processing power degradation. The HPNA card though is
attractive to me because I have plenty of telephone plugs at home (almost
every room has one) and adding new ethernet cabling would be difficult (I'm
not much of a DIY person). My plans are to leave a DSL connection at my
desktop always up and run a software proxy on it so I can browse the Internet
from my GCT using the HPNA interface - well, the HPNA specs I saw claim that
it doesn't interfere with DSL, let's see if this is a fact!
I forgot to add the following on my last post:
If you are installing the HPNA card on a desktop system with a PCI slot
I would recommend the PCI version. ComputerGeeks sells them really cheap.
I bought a pair of PCI cards there for $15 + $6 Shipping.
If you have to stick with USB the best price I found was on Page Computer,
for $38 + $6 Shipping: http://www.pagecomputer.com/cgi-bin/prodinfo?cd=04&pn=NGE00047
This way you have the best of both worlds, I use the ethernet off my cable modem into a firewall and run a 10/100 switch behind the firewall for my downstairs home "office" and have 2 GCT's in the house upstairs connected with the bridge using the phone line wiring to the home ethernet network in my office.
At $99 is not a bad cost considering the ethernet cards are cheap and HPHA adapters are going down in price too, This also allowed me not to have to run Cat5 wire upstairs
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