Re: Ethernet

From: Larry Anderson (
Date: 2000-07-21 06:28:42

William Levak wrote:
> On Thu, 20 Jul 2000 wrote:
> Mac's with a 56K appletalk connection regularly communicate on ethernets
> with an adapter box.  A commodore connection would not be much different
> as hardware goes.  On the other hand, Mac's have the appletalk
> communication protocol built into the operating system.

and also in the hardware, it is part of the serial communications chip's
job...  anyone research that?  Macs have had appletalk since the Mac
128, it might be viable and cheap....  Maybe not for the current v.58+
appletalk protocol but a more earlier version.

> Serial printers with speeds as low as 9600K with absolutely no network
> communication capabilities also communicate on ethernets.  In this case,
> all the network hardware and software is in the adapter box.  These
> adapter boxes are usually configured and operated remotely.  The printer
> sees only it's normal serial communication.  These, however, do not
> usually do file sharing.

Those adapter boxes run in the $100-$300 range...  we use them at work. 
Also serial printers are not too communicative on a network, most of the
time they just listen.

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