: You can get various Sbus card's with buffered serial ports that can
: run at faster speeds. We are looking at the Aurora 400SX (about $800 :-( )
: which can run 4 serial ports at 115k2
I would stay far, far away from Aurora. We have a 4 port ( 400S ) in a
machine. I called Aurora to get Solaris 2.x drivers for the card.
First I was told that they just don't give out drivers, you have to be
on a $120/year maint. contract in order to get drivers. They also wanted
the serial number off of the board to be sure it could even be used with
2.x...huh???!?!? I said. They told me there is a hardware design problem
with some of the older 400S boards that make them unusable with 2.x.
As it turns out, ours is unusable. However, they will happily sell us
a new board for $495, then give us a $100 credit for our old board.
Oh, how thoughtful of them! Considering I can also buy the board outright
from resellers for $435.
Then the Net directed me to another company called Magma in San Diego.
They make a 4 port card that'll do 115Kbs sustained on one port for $395,
or a DMA version that'll do 128Kbps sustained on all 4 for $625.
All cards have 30 day MBG, 3 year warranty, and free lifetime tech support and
While talking to the sales guy at Magma, the subject of Aurora came up.
As it turns out, Magma was the original designer of Aurora's 400S card.
So I asked him what this BS was about the board not working with Solaris
2.4. He didn't know and went and brought one of their engineers into the
room. The engineer said there was no reason why the older 400S couldn't
be supported under 2.4. The only thing it would need is a PROM update.
So, apparently Aurora is either very stupid, or is trying to rip people off.
I have also heard other bad reports about Aurora, so I don't think it's
just Magma trying to beat them up.
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