What is the Lantronix UDS-10 and what can it do for me? (Modified 9/6/16)
** UPDATED** - 2/03/2016
The Lantronix UDS-10 is a hardware device that can give a "Classic Computer" the ability to do things for which it was never designed or intended. Many of our Classic Computers, have RS-232 ports, even communications programs, but for the most part are unable to get on the Internet.
The Lantronix device is a 'smart box', a dual purpose interface. The first thing it does, is to allow for a conversion from RS-232 pinouts to RJ-45 or an "Ethernet Plug" which is the current standard. The second thing it accomplishes... it handles all the Internet protocols, independent of the Classic Computer. To the classic computer, the Lantronix device appears to be only a simple MODEM and even uses the old "Hayes" command set.
Now you may ask, "Why would I want to get my old Classic Computer on the Internet?" Well, do you remember the old BBS systems? Yes, a real old-style Bulletin Board System! These privately run, non commercial systems are easily accessible via Telnet, and Telnet is what the Lantronix does best. You'll be able to re-live the nostalgia of the BBS days, by connecting to real Classic Computers, run by real people. You'll meet new friends, learn new things and give that Classic Computer a chance to do something besides play a few games or sit in the corner gathering dust.
If you would like to learn a little bit more about the Lantronix UDS-10, there are a couple of links below that might interest you.
<< How do I get one, how much does it cost >>
<< Instruction Manual >>
If you would like to get a current listing of one of HUNDREDS of currently active BBS available via Telnet, click the link below.
<< The BBS Corner >>
<< The Synchronet BBS List >>
Below is a photo taken with my Lantronix UDS-10 equipped TI-99/4A connected to a real live BBS via Telnet.
There are no additional long-distance charges, you'll get HOURS of enjoyment, learn lot's of things and meet new people too. So put that old Classic Computer to work!
The attached PDF file will give you step by step instructions on getting online... easily. While the document is directed at TI-99/4A users, much of the information will be useful for any Classic Computer user.
UPDATE -- 12/16/2014
<< THIS MESSAGE >> Contains the instructions and first version of Stuart's Internet Browser
This program works on both regular TI's... AND NANO-PEB'S!! Now is your chance to get in on the ground-floor with this emerging capability. Maybe you have what it takes to make a 'Killer TI Web page'.
UPDATE -- 02/03/2015
Stuart's Internet Browser got some major attention recently in a German IT newsletter. << HERE >>
After they linked to this page the counter went nuts! At the time of this posting, there was a lot of discussion on Stuart's little marvel. Check it out!
For more information on Stuart's browser << GO HERE >>
( DOWNLOAD THE PDF BELOW)
Getting Your TI on the Internet.pdf (1.05MB)