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A500 accessing a BBS in 2012
A500 accessing a BBS in 2012
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Description: This is my Amiga 500 connected to the Monterey BBS using a serial device server. The Amiga is rather stock (Kickstart 1.2, 1 MB RAM, running JRcomm).
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Posted by: Colani1200 at October 27, 2012, 10:08:46 AM

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amigean
Posts:301
October 29, 2012, 10:54:11 PM
thanks for that Colani1200!

Now here's me looking for a little hardware gem like that, but the ones on ebay seem too expensive. Guess I'll have to strike it lucky some day! Thanks again and have fun!
Colani1200
Posts:707
October 29, 2012, 08:38:19 AM
Hello amigean,

there are a couple of manufacturers that offer serial device servers. If you're intending to buy one, you have to look for a model which supports "modem mode". This means that it accepts ATD commands with an IP address instead of a telephone number. The Amiga will use the serial device server like a normal modem on the serial port, the only difference is that you "dial" an IP address instead of a telephone number. The serial device server will open a telnet connection to that IP address. Personally, I am using a Lantronix UDS100 I got for € 1,50 off ebay. ;-)

On the software side, I use JR-comm 0.99a as terminal client which worked best for me, I am still evaluating other programs though. There is a later version of JR-comm (v 1.02) that I tried aswell, but it crashes when you're trying to use the dialer / telephone book with IP adresses. If somebody has suggestions for other terminal programs, feel free to comment. But keep in mind I am using a stock A500 with Kickstart 1.2, no hard drive and 1 MB RAM. ;-)

PS: Does anyone know a telnet gateway to IRC (freenode)? Or maybe a BBS that sports IRC connectivity?
amigean
Posts:301
October 29, 2012, 08:22:30 AM
that serial device server thingy sure is clever! Is it something like this? http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/New-RS232-RS485-to-TCP-IP-Ethernet-Serial-Device-Server-module-/251126300546?pt=UK_Computing_Other_Computing_Networking&hash=item3a784b3f82

Can you post a picture of your hardware setup / comment on software configuration? Thanks!


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