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30881RE: [midatlanticretro] Retro WiFi

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  • Mike Loewen
    May 20, 2013
      You may have missed the original conversation about this project. I'm
      going for something which will allow me to connect vintage computers to
      wireless or wired networks. It should be small and flexible. One of
      these days I'm going to bring my Osborne Vixen to a staff meeting and use
      it to logon to the wireless network and access email, take notes, and
      browse the web (via lynx). I'm not going be lugging other monitors, TVs,
      keyboards or USB hubs with me. I might even hide it inside the Vixen.

      I don't want this to degenerate into a discussion about the Pi, itself.
      I'm noting my progress here because others had expressed interest in the

      On Mon, 20 May 2013, Vince Fleming wrote:

      > I just plugged a monitor (well, actually my TV) into the HDMI port and watched it boot. You can use a USB keyboard and mouse, too.
      > Of course, if you haven't got an HDMI monitor or TV... that might be a problem. :)
      > ________________________________
      > From: midatlanticretro@yahoogroups.com [midatlanticretro@yahoogroups.com] on behalf of Mike Loewen [mloewen@...]
      > Sent: Monday, May 20, 2013 2:00 PM
      > To: midatlanticretro@yahoogroups.com
      > Subject: RE: [midatlanticretro] Retro WiFi
      > I am trying to get vintage systems online, but I also want the ability
      > to see the boot messages.
      > On Mon, 20 May 2013, Vince Fleming wrote:
      >> Ah - I thought you said you were trying to get a vintage system online. I guess I missed the part about monitoring the Pi over Serial...
      >> ________________________________
      >> From: midatlanticretro@yahoogroups.com<mailto:midatlanticretro%40yahoogroups.com> [midatlanticretro@yahoogroups.com<mailto:midatlanticretro%40yahoogroups.com>] on behalf of Mike Loewen [mloewen@...<mailto:mloewen%40cpumagic.scol.pa.us>]
      >> Sent: Monday, May 20, 2013 1:37 PM
      >> To: midatlanticretro@yahoogroups.com<mailto:midatlanticretro%40yahoogroups.com>
      >> Subject: RE: [midatlanticretro] Retro WiFi
      >> For one thing, I want the ability to see boot messages from the serial
      >> console port, which (as I recall) isn't an option when plugging a
      >> USB<->serial cable into one of the Pi's USB ports. For another, the
      >> serial port is already there on the Pi, it just requires a level shifter
      >> to make it useful.
      >> On Mon, 20 May 2013, Vince Fleming wrote:
      >>> I'm not a hardware guy, per se, but wouldn't a USB->serial cable work just as well, if not better?
      >>> ________________________________
      >>> From: midatlanticretro@yahoogroups.com<mailto:midatlanticretro%40yahoogroups.com><mailto:midatlanticretro%40yahoogroups.com> [midatlanticretro@yahoogroups.com<mailto:midatlanticretro%40yahoogroups.com><mailto:midatlanticretro%40yahoogroups.com>] on behalf of B. Degnan [billdeg@...<mailto:billdeg%40degnanco.com><mailto:billdeg%40degnanco.com>]
      >>> Sent: Monday, May 20, 2013 10:24 AM
      >>> To: midatlanticretro@yahoogroups.com<mailto:midatlanticretro%40yahoogroups.com><mailto:midatlanticretro%40yahoogroups.com>
      >>> Subject: re: [midatlanticretro] Retro WiFi
      >>>> A few weeks ago, we were speculating on the possibility of using a
      >>>> Raspberry Pi, a serial level shifter and a USB wireless dongle to get
      >>>> vintage systems online. I'm happy to report that the proof of concept is
      >>>> successful.
      >>> <snip>
      >>> Serial Level Shifter
      >>> http://www.bitbox.co.uk/product/rs232-serial-level-shifter/
      >> Mike Loewen mloewen@...<mailto:mloewen%40cpumagic.scol.pa.us><mailto:mloewen%40cpumagic.scol.pa.us>
      >> Old Technology http://sturgeon.css.psu.edu/~mloewen/Oldtech/
      > Mike Loewen mloewen@...<mailto:mloewen%40cpumagic.scol.pa.us>
      > Old Technology http://sturgeon.css.psu.edu/~mloewen/Oldtech/

      Mike Loewen mloewen@...
      Old Technology http://sturgeon.css.psu.edu/~mloewen/Oldtech/
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