Apple Network Server 500/132

At A Glance

The Network Server 500/132 was Apple’s fastest, most powerful, reliable, and expandable server solutions for demanding network file, print, and database applications. You can view the original specifications of the Apple Network Server 500/132 at the Apple Support site by clicking here or click ‘Original Specifications’ below.

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Original Specifications

  • Microprocessor:
    • PowerPC 604 RISC microprocessor running at 132 MHz, located on
      upgradable, replaceable CPU card
    • Integrated floating-point unit and 32K level 1 cache memory
    • 512K level 2 cache memory
  • Memory:
    • 32MB of error-detecting parity DRAM
    • Expandable to up to 512MB of DRAM
    • 8 slots for 168-pin, 72-bit, 60ns DIMMs
  • Storage:
    • Support for 7 internal SCSI devices
    • One AppleCD 600i CD-ROM drive (up to 600KB/sec data-transfer rate) standard on all configurations.
    • DDS-2 DAT drive (4GB uncompressed, up to 12GB compressed) in some configurations.
    • One Apple SuperDrive 1.44MB floppy disk drive standard on all configurations.
  • Networking:
    • Built-in AAUI Ethernet
    • Two serial ports.
    • Support for AppleTalk and TCP/IP networking software.
  • Displays:
    • LCD status display for system monitoring
    • Support for up to 20-inch Apple displays at 256 colors
    • Support for most third-party displays as well as VGA and SVGA monitors
  • Display support:
    • Built-in 1MB DRAM
    • 1024×768, 800×600 and 640×480
  • Electrical requirements:
    • Line voltage: 100 to 240 V AC, RMS single phase, automatically configured
    • Frequency: 50 to 60 Hz, single phase
    • Power: 325W maximum for power supply (not including monitor)
  • PCI power requirements
    • Maximum current draw for all PCI cards: 50W
  • ADB power requirements
    • Maximum current draw for all ADB devices: 500 mA (a maximum of three ADB devices is recommended)
    • Mouse draws 10 mA
    • Keyboard draws 25 to 80 mA (varies with keyboard model used)

  • Interfaces:
    • Six PCI expansion slots
    • Two Fast/Wide SCSI-2 channels support 7 internal devices.
    • SCSI-1 channel supports up to 7 external devices (compatible with SCSI-1 devices).
    • Support for 56 external SCSI devices using optional PCI RAID cards.
    • AAUI-15 Ethernet connector (requires adapter)
    • Standard three-row DB-15 video port for display support (Macintosh Display Adapter included)
    • Two DMA DIN-8 serial ports (RS-232/RS-422)
    • One Apple Desktop Bus (ADB) port for a keyboard, mouse, and other devices
    • 16-bit stereo sound input and output ports
  • Drive bays
    • Front bays support seven half-height or three full-height (5.25-inch) tray-mounted SCSI devices, and SCSI IDs are electronically pre- configured in each bay location
    • Top four bays share one (20MB/sec) Fast/Wide SCSI-2 channel.
    • Bottom three bays share a second (20MB/sec) Fast/Wide SCSI-2 channel.
  • Enclosure:
    • Front and back key-controlled access to all components, including:
      • Three-position translucent locking front door that offers three levels of access. The first level allows full access to seven front SCSI drives and media such as CD-ROMs and tape cartridges. The second level allows removable media access for replacement of floppy disks, tape cartridges, and CD-ROMs, but prohibits removal of storage drives and power supplies. The third level locks the access door closed, and prohibits access to storage drives, removable media, and
        power supplies.
      • Keylock rear slide-out cabinet access to logic board, processor card, DIMM sockets, and PCI slots (keylock powers down system when unlocked)
      • Keylock rear cabinet door
    • Seven tray-mounted SCSI drive bays with hot-swap option
    • Locking wheels
    • Dual hot-swappable fans
    • Speaker
    • Security slot (requires a third-party accessory)
    • Power cord lock
    • Optional 19-inch rack-mount kit
  • Environmental requirements
    • Operating temperature: 50deg. to 104deg. F (10deg. to 40deg. C)
    • Storage temperature: -40deg. to 116.6deg. F (-40deg. to 47deg. C)
    • Relative humidity: 5% to 95% noncondensing
    • Altitude: 0 to 10,000 ft. (0 to 3,048 m)
  • Size and weight
    • Height: 24.5 in. (62.2 cm)
    • Width: 16.5 in. (41.9 cm)
    • Depth: 18 in. (45.7 cm)
    • Weight: 84 to 92 lb. (38 to 41 kg)–varies based on internal devices installed

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Check out the original specifications of the ANS 500/132 at the Apple support site.


For the Wikipedia entry on the Apple Network Server click here

The Apple Network Server was internally codenamed ‘Shiner’ – check out for a comprehensive treasure trove of information, photos, specs and discussions.

Retro Mac Cast

James and John reviewed the Apple Network Server back in 2007 – download their podcast here.


AppleFritter has a great overview of the ANS 300 prototype here.

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