The software allowed the computers to move files back and forth. Being realistic, you are not going to want to use DOS to surf the web. For 16 bit ISA bus machines you can use nearly anything. Parallel ports also evolved to operate at faster and faster speeds using improved handshaking on the wires and even DMA. There is many of us , owners who lack a NIC and a 3cb in NE mode maybe an easy way to get them up on internet. I see that the driver has different input routines for and

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But does it really work, the drivers loaded and configured for sure, but i can not reach the router. DOS has been an obsolete operating system for close to twenty years but it still shows up in a few pcaket. This page barely scratches the surface of DOS networking. I did try it with NE It will run with a NEC V20 packrt it might be possible to recompile it to get rid of the specific instructions.

Feeling lucky, is the 3cB compatible with using NE drivers?

For machines without slots packwt where you want a temporary solution I would use a parallel-port to Ethernet adapter. There is a 16 bit real mode version for use on the older machines and a 32 bit protected mode version for newer machines.

Back then people did not have home networks and networking equipment was much more expensive.


Those enhancements were made to improve the speeds of connected devices, but they would help data transfer of any type. Here are some notes on the ones that I have tried. Thread Tools Show Printable Version. Brutman, mbbrutman at gmail.

DOS TCP/IP Networking with Packet Drivers

Using a home network cuts down on your time packrt the floppy shuffle” and saves wear and tear on your system. Here are some places to look for a packet driver for a specific Ethernet device.

Last Jump to page: Almost every old machine can use floppy disks or the serial port for data transfer and for pwcket machine that is rarely used that is all you need. It has to match the Ethernet card, or at least be in the same “family” of chipset that the Ethernet card uses to have a chance.

The 32 bit versions compile under a variety of C compilers. Those should match in the manufacturer database. All Ethernet cards have unique addresses, assigned by a central entity. The time now is LapLink provided software and a special cable that allowed two computers to directly connect to each other through their parallel ports.

paket Packet drivers are 3c50b9 specific to a particular model of Ethernet device. Results 1 to 10 of There is a lot of software out there for networking using a packet driver and there are already a lot of resources on the Internet that describe those resources. Stated requirements are DOS 2. If people had any sort of connectivity it might have been to use a bulletin board system BBS through a dial-up modem or to talk to a Novell Netware server running on their local network.


After the packet driver is installed, other software will use the packet driver by setting parameters and issuing the software interrupt. The packet driver makes itself available to higher level software by taking control of a software interrupt.

The approach that you choose will probably be driven by the applications that you want to use. Back when DOS was a current operating system many machines were not network connected at all. And although DOS came a little bit before the era of widespread networking on home computers, there was enough overlap such that reasonably good networking software exists for DOS.

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At this point your machine is physically ready to talk on your network. On a modern operating system networking is a standard function and great effort has been made to make it easy to setup. Join Date May Posts 5, I have not experienced one but I have read in many places that if you find a 3Com 3C based adapter that you should burn it and bury it.

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