Good way to get TCP/IP on an 8088?

Good way to get TCP/IP on an 8088?

Post by David Lee Lamber » Sun, 24 May 1998 04:00:00

> >I have a thinnet network right now between a Win95 box and a Linux box.  I
> >also have a 9-year-old Packard Bell 8088,  for which I just found a 3com
> >Etherlink II (3c503) card.  I also found a crynwr packet driver that seems
> >to work,

> >My question is this:  what high-level applications can I use to make this
> >a network worstation (sharing DOS binaries and application files with the
> >other computers,  and also doing telnet to the linux box,  sharing the
> >attached dot-matrix printer,  and printing to the networked DeskJet)?  I'd
> >prefer to stick to the straight TCP/IP that I have right now,  using the
> >SMB protocol for file and printer sharing.

> >Please CC: to my E-mail,  as this news server only gets about 10% of the
> >messages it should.

>   Consider the Clarkson University TCP/IP package. Telnet client, FTP
> client, LPR client, and FTP server, all for DOS. Works with a packet
> driver. I use it on an old IBM 386 I have kicking around that I use
> for a glorified serial terminal.

>   The firewall is futzed up where I am just now so I can't get to
>, but I think that's where I got it. If you can't
> find it, mail me. I think I have a zipfile kicking around somewhere.

I downloaded NCSA telnet,  transferred ftpbin.exe to the XT,  and edited  I haven't been able to move any other files,  because of
diskette errors;  I was hoping to finish the job by FTP.  However,  FTP
hangs.  This is version 2.3.08;  could it have anything to do with path
MTU discovery being enabled in Linux?  What else might be wrong?

By the way,  Clarkston U seems not to have an FTP server any more.

David Lee Lambert   MHm 16x20
E-mail: lmert at (temporarily)

I am a hacker,  part of an open society sworn to create and study,
but never destroy.  We know the truth about operating systems.  In the
end,  there can be only one.  May it be GNU/Linux, the OpenSource OS.  


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