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3Com Fast Etherlink XL PCI 10/100Mbps Managed Ethernet Network Interface Card - Overview

General information
Combine all of the performance, reliability, compatibility, and intelligence of 3Com's current EtherLink 10/100 PCI products with a new suite of enhanced desktop management features, to further lower total cost of ownership.

The 3Com 3C905C-TXM Fast Etherlink XL PCI 10/100Mbps Managed Ethernet Network Interface Card offers:

  • NEW Remote System Alert Support: Allows the NIC or ASIC to continuously monitor the PC, tracking events such as environmental problems, boot failures, tampering or theft and transmitting a remote system alert to a network management console to proactively notify IS departments of system problems.
  • Remote Wake Up: Remote power-on enables after-hours administration without traveling to each desktop.
  • NEW PCI 2.2 Compliance: PCI 2.2 adds the Remote Wake Up (RWU) support to the PCI bus, eliminating the need for a separate cable.
  • NEW Network Keepalives: Makes Remote Wake Up more reliable by resolving end station address aging issues in routers and switches which can prevent a sleeping end station from being accessible to remote management applications.
  • Managed PC Boot Agent: Integrated on the 3C905C-TXM. This feature enables software installation, updates, and repairs even if PC cannot boot. Imagine upgrading to NT 5.0/Windows 2000 at the touch of a button!
  • IMPROVED DMI 2.0 Support: Enables PC asset management and diagnostics via standard DMI browsers with 3Com DMI extensions for remote configuration of desktop management features.
  • ACPI compliance: Reduces power consumption and enables Remote Wake Up.
  • WfM Support: Support for Wired for Management 1.1a, flash upgradeable to WfM 2.0.
  • NEW Automatic power-up configuration: The NIC or ASIC is configured independently of the BIOS or OS operation, which allows it to function reliably in situations where the main CPU, BIOS or OS is unavailable or unable to run, such as before initial power up, after a power failure, or at a system failure.
  • Intelligence: DynamicAccess© technology adds intelligence to NICs to optimize overall network performance, control, and management. Traffic Prioritization: standards-based solution preventing delays in transmission of critical data. DRMON Smart Agent©: advanced network management and RMON reporting, even in switched networks. Flow Control: efficient data transfer in switched networks.
  • Performance: Parallel Tasking© II performance delivers the industrys best performance and the lowest CPU utilization.
  • Industry leading reliability and compatibility: Trouble-free operation
  • Standards-based solutions: The 3C905C-TXM and the 3C920 ASIC support a broad range of Pre-OS Boot protocols, as well as the emerging standard for remote system alerts (PETF), making these products the choice for OEMs seeking to implement standards-based solutions.
  • Compliance with key industry standards and initiatives: The 3C905C-TXM NIC and the 3C920 ASIC include support for PCI 2.2, PC99, DMI 2.0, ACPI and Wired for Management.

Product not warranted. Warranty is provided by the original manufacturer.

One box containing:

  • Bulk packaged 25 Units per box - boxes must be ordered in multiples of 4.

Product marketing and FRU part number(s )
Part numbers applicable to: Asia Pacific, Europe/Middle East/Africa, Latin America, United States

  • Marketing part number: 01N3699
  • FRU part number: 01N3609

This specific part is not currently supported in the following countries: Taiwan, Peoples Republic of China, Korea, Russia, Israel, India, Poland, South Africa, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Argentina, Mexico, Albania, Belarus, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Australia, New Zealand, Slovenia, Ukraine and Yugoslavia.
Associated part(s)
Wake-on-LAN Cable

  • Marketing part number:
  • FRU part number: 08L2559
  • Applicable location(s): Asia Pacific, Europe/Middle East/Africa, Latin America, United States

Product dates
Asia Pacific, Europe/Middle East/Africa, Latin America, United States

  • Announce Date: 7/02/1999
  • Planned Availability Date: 7/15/1999

Technical specifications
Performance specifications as known at time of announcement
Power rRequirements

  • +5V +/- 5% at 375 mA max.
  • +3.3V +/- 5% at 375 mA max
  • +3.3V at 20 mA max in sleep state with RWU disabled
  • +5V Aux for RWU supplied with 3-pin RWU connector and cable
  • +3.3V Aux for RWU supplied by PCI 2.2-compliant PCI bus

Cabling requirements

  • Category 5 Twisted Pair (RJ-45 Ethernet)

Maximum recommended network segment

  • 10Base-T - 328ft/100m
  • 100Base-TX - 328ft/100m

Physical, environmental, and compatibility specifications as known at time of announcement


  • * lbs
  • kg


  • 5.85 inches
  • 14.86 cm


  • 3.0 inches
  • 7.62 cm


  • * inches
  • mm

Operating temperature

  • between 0 degrees Celcius and 70 degrees Celcius
  • between 32 degrees Farenheit and 158 degrees Farenheit

Relative humidity

  • Operating: between 10% and 90% (non-condensing)


  • 9,800ft/3000m

Hardware requirements
3Com XL PCI Network Interface Cards are 3Com guaranteed to be compatible with PCI compliant systems.

Note: For the latest updates on the compatible systems, please refer to the Accessories Compatibility Guide.

Some configurations may not be supported.

Supported software
Available software drivers:

  • Novell NetWare Client, DOS ODI, OS/2 ODI, ODI32, Novell NetWare 3.x and 4.x server drivers
  • Packet Driver, NDIS 2.01, NDIS 3 andNDIS 4
  • DOS Windows 3.x, Windows for Workgroups, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT 3.5x and 4.0
  • Banyan VINES Server
  • SunSoft Solaris

Document Note(s):

  1. The symbol * is used to denote that the information is currently unavailable for this product.
  2. All dates are represented in the US English format of mm/dd/yyyy (where mm=month, dd=day, yyyy=year).
  3. FRU stands for Field Replacement Unit. It is the part number used for ordering service/replacement parts.
  4. Effective Withdrawal means that on the given date the products will have been withdrawn from marketing. After that date, the product can not be obtained directly.

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