THE ACER ALN-315C
FAST ETHERNET ADAPTER
Last updated: 3/6/2001
Acer ALN-315C is a low cost, bus-mastering, full-duplex, auto-sensing,
Fast Ethernet adapter.
This board uses the
Intel 21143B PCI LAN Controller, a highly integrated 10/100Mbps Ethernet
device designed for compliance with ACPI and OnNow requirements, to provide
a low-cost, PCI, Fast Ethernet adapter for workstations and small file servers.
The User Guide is a bit skimpy, but better
than many I've seen for low-end board products. Software is provided
on two floppy disks for NT, Novell, SCO Unix, Windows 3.1, Windows 95, and
Windows 98, and includes FTP PC/TCP packet drivers. A diagnostic program
is included. Software installation for Windows 98 was very easy: plug-in
the board, boot, insert drivers floppy #1 and the Windows 98 CD, and Windows
does the rest.
The board complies with IEEE 802.3U, PCI 2.0,
and ACPI 1.0 specifications. 32-bit Bus-mastering, full-duplex, and
auto-sensing are supported. The NIC has 100 Mhz, Link, Activity, and
Power-down LEDs. It includes a lifetime warranty from a major manufacturer. For
the price, this is a good quality board with good lay-out and plenty of capacitors. The
ALN-315 version of the board has a Wake-On-LAN (WOL) connecotr and cable
which enables the computer to be remote powered-on and managed; this version
of the board does not. Packaging is quite good. Once installed,
I had no problems with the board.