How to Connect Amiga to Internet?

Internet on Amiga
Here I go thru all of the Amiga models that are released by Commodore. When it comes to software Amitopia strongly recommends anyone using a Classic Amiga to get Roadshow 68k TCP/IP stack as it is such great stack to get your Amiga on-line. Forget Miami or even AmiTCP. With Roadshow 68k you are instantly online and it does support DHCP as any TCP/IP stack for Amiga should have from the start.

How to Connect Amiga 500, Amiga 500+ and Amiga 1000 to the Internet?

OCS – Original Custom Chips Amigas

Plipbox Deluxe

This device for all kinds of Amigas is an Arduino-based device that allows connecting every Amiga to the Internet by connecting it to the parallel port of the Amiga.

This Ethernet box bridges IP traffic received via PLIP on the parallel port of the Amiga to the Ethernet port attached to the Arduino. It is rather a one mans work and from gathered information. It is really a steady product but it won’t give you a massive connection. It still however 2x faster than the good old ISDN connections that were quite popular.

X-Surf 100 GGSdataHow to Connect Zorro II equipped Amigas to Internet?

OCS – Original Custom Chips Amigas

Zorro II

There are several Ethernet cards for the Zorro bus. The newest one is X-Surf 100 that is still on sale at GGSdata.se. This card is compatible with all TCP/IP stacks made for Amiga, including the newest Roadshow 68k. With this one you can surf the net, IRC, check e-mails and play games online like Dynamite or Doom if you have an Amiga that manages that. Kickstart 3.1 is recommended to get. This you can get at several Amiga stores like:

 

How to Connect Amiga 600 and Amiga 1200 to the Internet?

ECS and AGA – Enhanced Chip Set and Advanced Graphics Architecture Amigas

PCMCIA Cable and Wi-Fi

Both Amiga 600 and Amiga 1200 got PCMCIA slot. This makes these two machines one of the Amigas with best solutions for getting online. All of the Amiga stores do have cheap PCMCIA network cards that are supported by AmigaOS. Not only do they support regular ethernet cards, but also wifi. Check out the availability of Amiga stores worldwide:

 

mediator_pci_1200_sx_bZorro III, Zorro IV, and PCI Expansion

Amiga 1200 is the machine from Commodore that got most expandable possibilities. Including its PCMCIA slot, you can also add Zorro or PCI card expansion possibilities. So, X-Surf 100 or any modern PCI Ethernet card will work. However, you will need to transform your Amiga 1200 into a tower machine. If you want to keep the Amiga 1200 case, this is not recommended. If you, however, want to do this, we recommend Elbox solution for this task. The solution is Mediator PCI 1200 SX that you can find on their webshop at a price of 319.95 EURO:

How to Connect Amiga 3000 and Amiga 4000 to the Internet?

ECS and AGA – Enhanced Chip Set and Advanced Graphics Architecture Amigas

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Zorro III and PCI Expansion
Amiga 3000 and Amiga 4000 is the high-end Amigas with the best Zorro III expansion possibilities. X-Surf 100, Adriane Ethernet card, etc will work. This is standard configuration, but you can also add a Mediator 3000DI for Amiga 3000 or Mediator 4000DI for Amiga 4000. They add PCI slots to your Classic Amiga like Mediator 1200 SX does for Amiga 1200 If you, however, want to do this, we recommend Elbox solution for this task. The solution is Mediator PCI 1200 SX that you can find on their webshop at a price of 319.95 EURO:

Nice Tips to Know before you Buy

 

  • Decide what you want to do. The cheapest way is to get a second hand Amiga 600 or Amiga 1200!
  • Get Roadshow 68k TCP/IP stack and Forget the need to install MUI or Reaction. There is also no better TCP/IP on the market for Classic Amiga today!
  • For surfing the web you will need a powered Amiga with 68040, 68060 or even a Vampire FPGA card. It is also recommended to have more than 32MB of RAM! iBrowse and Aweb are the best choices if you only want to surf HTML pages. However, there is a CSS compatible browser called NetSurf by AmiSoft
  • Best e-mail clients are still YAM and SimpleMail. You find both of them on Aminet, which is one of the worlds largest file archives!

Conclusion
Everything written in this article is own experience. All the links and tips are written by me and no one paid to get their links into this article. This article is meant for people that plans or are interested in getting a Classic Amiga. Its a beginners guide sort of. Hope it brings knowledge. Remember, Amiga is for dreamers and visionaries!

 

Source: Amitopia Own Knowledge

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