The lastest version of the Linux drivers for the Intelliport II and Intelliport II Expandable can be downloaded at ftp://ftp.computone.com/PUB/Products/IntelliPortII/Linux/BETA from the Computone FTP site.
Computone is continuing to support the Linux community. They have been an exhibitor at the 1997 Atlanta Linux Showcase, the 1998 Atlanta Linux Showcase, and at LinuxWorld Expo (possibly others, this is just where I've seen them).
They have also indicated that they intend to be present at the 1999 Atlanta Linux Showcase as well.
You can also download a patch file from this site which will patch 2.2.x or 2.3.x kernels for the 1.2.4 drivers. This is the same patch that is available from the Computone site. When in doubt, download it from them. This patch file will NOT work with the 2.0.x kernels, sorry.
Beginning with the Linux kernel version 2.2.12pre4, the Computone drivers are available in the main kernel source tree. Prior to the release of 2.2.12, you must patch the 2.2.11 sources with patch-2.2.12pre4 or later to get the Computone drivers. These should also appear shortly in the 2.3.x development source tree. Please stay tuned for future developments.
Up to four cards are supported in one system. These cards can share a single interrupt or use individual interrupts on a card by card basis.
Cards can each support up to 4 expansion interface boxes.
Expansion interface boxs can support up to 16 ports.
That gives a capacity of up to 256 serial ports when all four boards are installed and fully populated.
Some of the boards and expansion interface modules support port speeds of up to 921,600 Baud.
For more hardware information, see the Computone web site:
Computone products prior to the Intelliport II line. The earlier ATvantage and Intelliport cards are not support. These cards are very very old and have firmware that can not be upgraded. Sorry...
Computone has also recently provided me with an IntelliServer, a standalone terminal server, with software to access it from Linux.
I want to express deep gratitude to Computone for providing these products to me. The Intelliport II 4-port board was originally provided to diagnose the problems between Taylor UUCP and the original Intelliport 16 port board on SCO UNIX. When the problem was confirmed and was not going to be fixed in the older product, they upgraded that to an Intelliport EX with a 16 port module and let me keep the Intelliport II 4-port board specifically for LINUX development work.
The older boards are orphans as far as future development is concerned. I found this out by uncovering some rather arcane bugs in the Computone I boards involving SCO UNIX and Taylor UUCP which will NEVER be fixed (the fix is to upgrade to the Computone II board).
First order guess (if you have your manuals even if you don't READ your manuals). If you have a REALLY SLICK set of manuals with green or light blue covers, you probably have an Intelliport II product. If you have a single manual with a white cover, you probably have a Computone I product, oh well.
If you have a board with four RJ-11 jacks on the edge - Good News! You have a Computone II 4 port board, the board I'm using for development.
If you have a board connected to a squarish "brick" with RJ-11 jacks on two sides - you probably have a Computone 16 port and are out of luck.
If you have a board connected to a flat "cow pad" (sorry guys, but look at it!) with 8 RS-232 jacks - you probably have a Computone 8 port and are out of luck.
From here it gets more complicated.
If the thick cable running from the board runs to a cabinet full of RS-232 jacks or one or more "panels" which say "Computone Intelliport II Ex" - what can I say...
If the board has a couple of "ROMS" (large chips with version numbers) the news is not good. The newer products user downloadable microcode (BIG ADVANTAGE) while the older beasts had firmware.
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