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Can I add my macintosh performa 6200 to my home LAN?

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I have a performa 6200 computer that I love to death, and I want to add it to my existing home network.

I use a Linksys wrt54g router and I have a G4 powerbook and a windows xp machine already networked.

the performa does not have an ethernet plug on the back.

It does have a round DIN serial port, and what looks like a scsi or maybe a parallel port plug (not sure).

I've never opened the case up to look at the mobo, so I'm not sure what kind of internal slots are open.

In any case though, I'd like to know about all possibilities of networking this trusty mac, from some kind of adapter for the existing ports to a legacy NIC.

thanks for your help and experience  :-)
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by:Hessianator
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I should add that my goal in networking this mac is to gain high speed internet access through my router, not to share files amongst my computers.
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Well, sort of. You'd need the special, and proprietary ethernet communication slot card. Probably not an easy thing to get ahold of at this point. You could also use an ethernet>localtalk bridge but thats so messy it's almost not worth it.
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Would any of the NICs on this link work?

http://www.epinions.com/Network_Adapters-Communication_slot
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Actually, yes. Though the details on that page are very vague, it does say theyre for a com slot, so they should work.
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ok, and how feasible would it be to configure the performa for internet access through the LAN/router?

What kind of configuring would it take?
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It's pretty easy. More or less just like the OS X box. The right TCP/IP settings and that's it.
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cool, sounds good.  It's been so long since I used the performa, sadly, I don't know my way around it anymore.

thanks for the answers.
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