- One fullduplex Network Interface Card with TP (UTP, RJ-45) interface. PCI recommended.
A cheap NIC with RTL8139 is a good one. Onboard NICs sometimes have reduced
range due to sloppy implemetation of clock separator. ISA cards bring usually
reduced speed due to ISA bus limitations. They are also les reliable: ISA bus
hasn't gold-plated contacts, PCI has. If your software is unable to force
the NIC into full duplex, the link will run in half duplex even if NICs on both sides
are in half duplex!
Alternatively, you can use a switch instead of full-duplex NIC. Manageable
(expensive!) switch is recommended. Non-manageable results in half-duplex operation,
thus reducing the aggregate throughput to half and worsening round-trip behaviour.
- A bunch of big retroreflectors (those big red triangular ones
with 15cm side of the triangle) glued
with epoxy to a piece of some board. Number necessary for comfortable aiming:
Number of retroreflectors required (those big red triangular with 16cm side)
Also a car warning triangle may be used (up to 800m).
|800m||Car warning triangle|
- 200mV-20V digital DC voltmeter or 30mV-20V analogue voltmeter
- Torque wrench for 17mm or 16mm hex heads (depends on your M10
bolt/screw manufacturer's taste)
You need an operating system and software equipment (user application)
that support the following features:
- Driver for the network card capable of setting the card into full duplex.
Without this, you get just half duplex even with autonegotiation.
- Internet Protocol (IP)
- Manipulating ARP table.
Possibility to establish permament (manual) ARP table entries is required
for testing Ronja 10M Metropolis.
- Sniffing Ethernet frames or IP packets. Required only for testing.
- Setting the NIC into promiscuous mode is required for testing Ronja Inferno.
- Automatic repeated sending of ICMP Echo Requests on
user's request. Required for testing Tetrapolis. 56-byte and 1400-byte requests are required. 1-second and
zero-second delay between consecutive packets must be supported. Cisco-style
timing where next packets is sent immediately upon reception of the previous
is also highly recommended for the testing.