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Re: ppp over null modem cable

On Wed, Apr 16, 2003 at 01:41:08PM +0200, Karl Hasselstrom wrote:
> I am trying to connect an old 486 to my slightly more modern computer
> using ppp over a null modem cable, but no matter what I try, I get the
> same result (see below). I'm guessing this may be caused by incorrect
> configuration of one (or more :-) serial ports. At least I'm sure I'm
> using the right ports, since doing 'cat /dev/ttyS3' on the server
> while the client is trying to connect gives a few bytes of garbage on
> stdout.

>From a reply to a post of mine asking a somewhat similar question:

On Tue, Feb 04, 2003 at 09:13:41AM -0600, Keith G. Murphy wrote:
> I would take a completely different tack and try using SLIP, so you'll 
> have regular TCP/IP networking going on over the serial line.

But I reckon you'll find it MUCH EASIER to get a couple of NICs and a
crossover cable and set up a regular ethernet connection (it's nothing
like as hard to configure as you might think and it's a sight easier
than messing around with serial ports!) I guess both your 486 and your
"slightly more modern" box both have an ISA bus, and you don't have to
pay for ISA NICs these days, so this needn't cost anything.


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