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Connecting Atari 800XL as Internet Terminal?


Steve Mynott
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I was wondering how to do this.

 

Probably something like http://www.atari8ethernet.com/(although very interesting and I wish them luck) isn't quite what I want but ideally just a serial type connection (maybe to a linux system on a wireless LAN) so I can telnet and run lynx for web browsing and kermit/xmodem for direct file transfer (ideally with VBXE 80 column support). A virtual R: might be nice.

 

Is something like Lotharek's sio2pc usb best? I'd really like a wireless link but not sure if sio2bt is currently available? Any other suggestions?

 

Of course seconds after posting I notice the RespeQt link which seems close to what I want .. but still not so sure about the actual connection options.

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I've used a Lantronix serial server, P:R:Connection combo ... kind of flaky Imo. Going to pick up a raspberry pi and check out RespeQT.

 

As a bonus, the latest ARanym has a nice RPi build preconfigured with integrated Hatari to boot https://sites.google.com/site/emaappsarch/news/beekeyandbeepibeta9areavailable

 

Can't wait to test this out

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Never got to Atari with it, no time in the near future either. :) You may want to take a look at ESP8266. It isn't exactly ready for prime time with the Atari since it runs on 3.3V. It would as a minimum require a zener diode to drop the Atari 5V supply to 3.3V and one level translator chip like 74HTC244<?> or maybe a 4050. The ESP8266 is equivalent to a Hayes modem with an AT command set except for WiFi. With level translation it could possibly be used with RVerter drivers on the SIO buss. Flip levels with a 74HTC240 or 4049 and you could hang it off a joystick and use the MPP drivers.

 

A link with some info.

 

https://www.tindie.com/products/Bazinga/esp8266-esp-01-serial-port-wi-fi-module/?pt=full_prod_search

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Never got to Atari with it, no time in the near future either. :) You may want to take a look at ESP8266. It isn't exactly ready for prime time with the Atari since it runs on 3.3V. It would as a minimum require a zener diode to drop the Atari 5V supply to 3.3V and one level translator chip like 74HTC244<?> or maybe a 4050. The ESP8266 is equivalent to a Hayes modem with an AT command set except for WiFi. With level translation it could possibly be used with RVerter drivers on the SIO buss. Flip levels with a 74HTC240 or 4049 and you could hang it off a joystick and use the MPP drivers.

 

A link with some info.

 

https://www.tindie.com/products/Bazinga/esp8266-esp-01-serial-port-wi-fi-module/?pt=full_prod_search

Lately, I've been seeing these ESP8266 development boards with NodeMcu firmware (see this article of an early model). Looks like something fun to play with. At $6 to $9 USD (typical Ebay.com pricing) it's certainly cheap entertainment.

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For internet I use a SIO2PC (Serial) with APE for Windows, load any terminal software and use ATDT commands with IP addresses to connect via Telnet. Favorite terminal program is probably Ice-XE.

 

I've heard RespeQT (a fork of AspeQt) is supposed to be adding R: support which would allow the same thing, and I think it has a Linux build. Here's RespeQT on Github.

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  • 3 weeks later...

I got a SIO2BT and followed the instructions in this thread http://atariage.com/forums/topic/249426-sio2pi-atari-as-a-terminal-for-a-raspberry-pi-visiting-bbs/?do=findComment&comment=3446665in order to use ICET to access a Lubuntu laptop via RespeQT.

 

Next I need to try the VBXE true 80 cols!

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