[NBLUG/talk] How Low Can We Go?
sampln at sbcglobal.net
Wed Apr 19 10:44:47 PDT 2006
Stephen Cilley wrote:
> The only piece of networking hardware it has on it is
> a dialup modem, so this should be fun.
> I don't even know what a null modem is. There are
> three ports on the back, a serial, a parallel, and
> then one thing I have never seen before in my life
> which has two rows of seperated pins, it's very odd
A null modem connection is basically a special serial cable that
connects two computers together (its wiring only differs from a standard
serial cable by two pins). It's faster than dial-up, but just barely
(you'd be lucky to get 115Kb/s). You can get the cable at HSC Electronics.
> Anyway, I think I'm going to have to use some floppy
> based install, because the rest seems a little over my
My suggestion was to do a floppy-based install to get a minimal system,
then use e.g. a null modem link to get a fully-functional system,
although Kyle is probably right that a PCMCIA network card would be a
better way to go (much faster than null modem). Anything more than a
minimal installation from floppies would probably take hundreds of
I would avoid installing over a wireless network. Getting wireless
networking to work even on a fully-configured system is hard enough!
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