How to configure SANLink3 N1 in Windows

SanLink3 N1 utilizes the Marvell® AQtion AQN-107 and doesn't require additional drivers as Windows support it natively. Additionally, being bus-powered, the SanLink3 N1 eliminates the need for a separate power cable.

To ensure compatibility with SANLink3 N1, follow these steps:
1. Check your operating system version and upgrade to Windows 10 or Windows 11if necessary.
2. Connect a Thunderbolt 3 cable between the Thunderbolt 3 port on your SANLink3 and a Thunderbolt 3 port on your Windows device.
3. Connect an Ethernet cable (Cat 5e or better) from the NBASE-T Ethernet port on the SANLink3 to an Ethernet switch to establish a link to the SAN or Ethernet network.

Start using the device after completing these steps.

Note: The NBASE-T connection automatically negotiates link speed, or you can manually specify it. The NBASE-T port supports connection speeds of 100 Mbps, and 1.0, 2.5*, 5.0*, and 10 Gbps.

To manage configuration settings for SANLink3 N1, use the Windows Device Manager. The SANLink3 N1 is a network adapter, so the settings are changed in a similar way as changing settings for any network adapter (NIC) card. Follow the instructions below to change the link speed and other settings.

1. On the Windows desktop, right-click on the Computer icon and select the Manage option to open the Computer Management menu. You can also access the Device Manager in the Control Panel.

2. Click on Device Manager, then expand Network Adapters, locate the SANLink3 N1 adapter, and select the Properties option to open the Properties menu for the adapter. All the configuration settings are accessed using the Properties menu.



3. Click on the Advanced tab to view all the configuration options the driver supports. Settings that can be configured include Jumbo Frame and Link Speed.



4. To change the Jumbo Frame configuration, click on the Jumbo Frame option and choose the MTU (Maximum Transmission Unit) value from the list that appears. The default Jumbo Frame setting is
Disabled: 1514



5. To change the Link Speed, select the Link Speed option, then choose the preferred Link Speeed setting from the menu that appears. The default setting is Auto. SANLink3 N1 supports Link Speed values 100M, 1G, 2.5G, 5G, 10G and Automatic.

 


Refer to configuring DHCP settings or assigning static IP addresses to the ports in Windows