Serial connection for irc

Posted on 2003-03-04
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Last Modified: 2010-03-18
I have aquired an old (very) laptop that i had hoped to connect into my home network through the only ports availiable (serial or paralell) I don't want to use it for anything except as an irc client (though file transfer would be a nice feature) and was wondering how to go about configuring the internet server (a computer in the cupboard with a modem and a network card, i assume it is running linux, i don't run it so i don't know anything too specific right now) to let me do this.  The laptop is running dos 6.2(?) at the momenet.  Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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ID: 8068808
Oh yes, i was also wondering if a three wire null modem style was suitable for the serial connection or if not, what configuration i should use.

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Jaem earned 800 total points
ID: 8071332
there are at least two solutions:
1) Linux boxes can open a terminal on a serial port. So it is possible to use a terminal emulator on the laptop to access directly the linux box, once it is correctly configured, via a null-modem cable (solution works either with dos or linux on the laptop - no graphics).
2) I think you can configure over a null-modem connection a simple pointtopoint connection (like plip). Or if that does not work you have PPP. That solution works only if the laptop can run linux.  

What laptop have you got?

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ID: 8077043

80C86 9.54Mhz 1meg of ram 20meg hdd...

If you can remend some form of unix that would make it a lot easier i'll consider that too.  Why do i need to run linux to use ppp etc. on a null modem?  The way i figure it if i can find something for the server end i can run standard modem style dos packet drivers somehow on the laptop, i'm slighty too new to the internet to have actually used these in practice though so i'm not sure, but there are still some availiable for download.

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ID: 8082470
ppp on linux, cause I think you will spend a long long time searching for such a solution on DOS. Looking at your hardware, I would say VT100 terminal emulator on DOS, with your notebook serial port connected to your "internet server" over a null-modem serial cable. The terminal emulator will enable you to run programs on your internet server. Now you have two problems:
1) find a VT100 terminal emulator for DOS.
2) What is your "internet server"? You need to modify it to be able to login on the serial port, and then install an irc client.

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