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We got a proof of concept cheap WIFI solution going over at Atari-Forum.

 

http://www.atari-forum.com/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=31586

 

It's based on ESP8266 connected to the serial port.

 

Should work for any atari and the parts are dirt cheap.

 

C64 "wifimodems" are selling on ebay, connecting them to telnet based BBS's. Other retroscenes are also getting in on this aswell.

 

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It looks like a somewhat limited telnet only solution. Nothing wrong with that, but the one we got going over at Atari-Forum got full sting support. Ie, full internet access, including web surfing etc.

 

It uses the same hardware though, so likely just a question of firmware.

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It looks like a somewhat limited telnet only solution. Nothing wrong with that, but the one we got going over at Atari-Forum got full sting support. Ie, full internet access, including web surfing etc.

 

It uses the same hardware though, so likely just a question of firmware.

But does it also do "modem emulation"?

It's not just about the ability to telnet, it's about letting old school programs that want to talk to a "modem" (AT commands) connect through telnet.

 

Something that does both would be great.

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I'm thinking of using an ESP8266-12E device with a MAX3232 level shifter for a WiFi modem for the ST. Amazon sells the HiLetgo New Version ESP8266 NodeMCU LUA CP2102 ESP-12E for $8.39 and I already have the MAX3232 chip. The ESP8266-12E only cost $1.25 more than the ESP8266-01 (lacking the CP2102 USB to serial converter). I figure the CP2102 will be helpful in flashing the firmware with my Windows machine.

 

The Zimodem software on https://github.com/bozimmerman/Zimodem looks useful.

 

Anyone use Zimodem with their Atari ST or use this setup?

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But does it also do "modem emulation"?

It's not just about the ability to telnet, it's about letting old school programs that want to talk to a "modem" (AT commands) connect through telnet.

 

Something that does both would be great.

 

This. That's a total dead stop for me if it doesn't...

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Is this strictly going to be an Atari ST product? Or will it also be marketed to Atari 8 bits? I ask because the Atari 8 bits' ATASCII poses some challenges to most of the current WiFi modems being sold today. To sum it up, the device should be able to operate in raw mode. If it's strictly emulating telnet, then it may have problems displaying ATASCII graphics, or worse, lock up when it sees certain ATASCII characters.

 

For example,  my BBS (The Basement BBS) incorporates "cursor magic" in ATASCII mode. That is, it uses cursor positioning characters such as the delete character (character 255). ASCII 255 is an escape sequence in the telnet protocol. Therefore, some WiFi modems may appear to lock up because they are awaiting a valid escape sequence. Users of these modems have to log on with "raw mode," if their WiFi modem supports it, for ATASCII. Otherwise, they are stuck with ASCII modes.

 

-JP

Edited by JohnPolka

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