A “software service” for sending and receiving raw Ethernet packets is in place, courtesy of the packet driver. Results 1 to 10 of It also saves you time. All of the code is 16 bit and most of the programs will run on a K system using DOS 2. In that case it could probably be modified to work by someone more knowledgeable on x86 assembly than me!

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But the overhead of the parallel port does hurt performance, so while it is a good basic solution it will never beat the performance of an Ethernet adapter on a card. Why on Earth would anybody want to do that? When the packet driver loads it is going to look for the Ethernet adapter and try to communicate with it to ensure that the Ethernet adapter is available.

An 8-bit Western Digital WD Ethernet card from is very different from a NE clone in a PC, yet the packet drivers for each card make them look the same to the rest of the system.

A packet driver makes the hardware and network accessible in an easy manner. So if I understand, we must use the 3c Those enhancements were made to improve the speeds of connected devices, but they would help data transfer of any type.

All times are GMT They switched to a packet driver interface when the variety of Ethernet cards mushroomed. Here are some notes on the ones that I have tried.

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At a minimum you are going to have to:. At this point your machine 3c50b9 physically ready to talk on your network. Parallel ports also evolved to operate at faster and faster speeds using improved handshaking on the wires and even DMA. 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.

A device manufacturer needed to provide a packet driver, which pxcket a small TSR that provided the API in the form of software interrupts. For example, a card that starts with “” belongs to 3Com. This was a simple approach that worked back when there were few network adapters, but you can see a few problems with it.

The software interrupt to use is usually specified on the command line when the packet driver is loaded. And although DOS came 3c509h little bit before the era of widespread networking on home computers, there was enough overlap such that reasonably good networking software exists for DOS.

Think of a packet driver as the device driver for the Ethernet card.

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This page barely scratches the surface of DOS networking. Packet drivers are usually specific to a particular model of Ethernet device. It will run with a NEC V20 and it might be possible to recompile it to get rid of the specific instructions. The ASM source code of the 3c A full implementation requires more memory than is usually available on an old PC.

Serial ports are relatively easy devices to program and lots of people wrote software that uses the serial port.

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It connects to the machine using the parallel port and the packet driver makes it look just like a real Ethernet adapter. A “software service” for sending and receiving raw Ethernet packets is in place, courtesy of the packet driver. LapLink provided software and a special cable that allowed pakcet computers to directly connect to each other through their parallel ports. Stated requirements are DOS 2. Networking started to become more popular as businesses obtained multiple computers and they needed a way to communicate.

Here are some examples:. Feeling lucky, is the 3cB compatible with using NE drivers? As a result, there was a great variety of programs that used different rules for sending data.

For this system to work you need to tell the packet driver what software interrupt it should claim. But i do not manage to connect and ping my D-link router unfortunatly i lack twisted pair to try connect another computer directly.

But does it really work, the drivers loaded and configured for sure, but i 3509b not reach the router.