- This ethernet driver is for Realtek's RTL 8012 chip, used
in pocket adapters that hook to PC's parallel
- ports. This chip is used in Zero One Technology (ZOT),
Genius and maybe other pocket adapters.
- From day one ATARIs were shiped with bidirectional
parallel ports but unfortunately some signals were
- missing. Thus, to be able to use such an adapter, some
kind of hardware is required, ie either the missing
- signals should be found from existing peripherals, or a
ROM cartridge to printer port interface should be
- constructed. I've used the second method and have now an
Ethernet LAN with ATARI and PCs.
The speed when transfering files with FTP is 72-75KB/sec,
a major improvement from 6KB/sec using
- the serial ports! Additionally, window$ networks refuse
to use the serial ports for networking but of
- course they allow Ethernet ;-) Now it's possible to use
your masquerade module on the ATARI and
- have access to Internet with your PC's or other clients.
At the same time you can run MagiC PC / Mac
- and use their clients/servers too! This is enough to
drive one crazy, but it's possible. For me the main
- use of this driver is to transfer files FAST
between my computers, and (OK I admit it ;-) some times
- to browse pages with Communicator or IE, that CAB is just
too slow to display.
News : Summer 2000
- There are now drivers for STinG (updated), MiNTNet and MagiCNet. A gcc version of the
- driver (ported by Frank Naumann) can be found on MiNT's
- The boards are now produced by Elmar
Hilgart. Elmar has done an
excellent job in redesigning the
- board and it now has surface mounted devices and a
professional look! Genius LAN pocket adapters
- can be also ordered from him.
- For more info and other Ethernet projects check Karl Samyn's
- Download the driver
and schematic diagrams (v 1.06)
- Download the driver's
sources for STinG (v 1.06)
- Download the driver for
MiNTNet (v 1.2)
- The driver for MagiCNet is
part of the MagiCNet archive.
- And don't forget to e-mail
me with your opinion, suggestions, questions or most
- modifications to the PCB or driver.
(c) Vassilis Papathanassiou 1999
Last revised: 20 Sep 2000.