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Setting the WiModem 232 up for a BBS

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Okay, I've got 3 WiModem 232's now. 1 each for my Mega STe and

my STacy, used to call out to BBS's. This was pretty easy to setup,

including the phone-books.

 

The third one is reserved for DarkForce. From the WiModem 232 manual,

here is what I've gleaned so far:

 

(it's already been setup for connection to my Wi-Fi and updated)

 

1. AT*IP=(a reserved IP address)

 

2. AT*GW=(my gateway address)

 

3. AT*SUB=255.255.255.0

 

4. AT*L520 (port address)

 

All of the above first, followed by:

 

5. AT*NET=STATIC

 

Which must be last.

 

AT*BUSY=whatever message you wish someone to receive

                when the BBS is busy...

 

Now, what about the S registers?

 

Does:

 

ATS0=1 (auto answer)

 

and

 

ATS1= (ring count)

 

have to be used as well?

 

If I've got something wrong or left something out, please don't

hesitate to correct me/point it out.

 

I'm leaving on vacation tomorrow so I won't be able to play

with it until I get back but I do want to work on trying my

BBS with the WiModem 232.

 

Thanks!  :)
 

 

 

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In my experience the stock settings (besides wifi set up) work without issue. Not much to change in the default settings as the BBS init string is going to control most of these settings anyway.. Some decisions such as Telnet VS Raw but otherwise, you should be in a position to test for any issues without much effort.

 

 

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16 hours ago, DarkLord said:

Okay, I've got 3 WiModem 232's now. 1 each for my Mega STe and

my STacy, used to call out to BBS's. This was pretty easy to setup,

including the phone-books.

 

Hmmmm.... looks like we have an arms race, 80's style!

*rushes off to CBMSTUFF.COM to buy 3 more!!!!*

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So my 2 cents, having done it for SFHQ and TVAG.

 

I had trouble with setting the IP address/gateway/etc. for some reason... so I left it DHCP and then set my router to give it a "static" IP based on the mac address but if you have that working, that's cool.

 

I always had my RatSoft set up to send ATA on a RING, so I didn't need to set ATS0. In fact, when I tried doing the ATS0 and ATS1 for Carina, I didn't like the results.

 

Though to be fair, Carina prefers to do an ATA on a RING too, but when I was using the UDS-10, it auto-answers anyway and I don't even think you can change that (I don't even think it responds to ATA) so I had modified my Carina to work with an auto-answer.  In this case, I simply reverted those changes an it was good.

 

So if BBS Express ST can work that way, I think that's the recommendation I'd go with (and I'm pretty sure I've seen your BBS send ATA when calling before, so you're probably better off going that route too).

 

Other than setting the raw mode, I'm having trouble remembering if I set anything else, so I'm going to go ahead and look again through the command list and if I see anything I'll let you know.

 

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Thanks all! I'm sitting on a beach at beautiful Siesta Key now but when I

get back I'll try all this stuff.

 

Good times!  :)

 

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5 hours ago, Tillek said:

Hmmmm.... looks like we have an arms race, 80's style!

*rushes off to CBMSTUFF.COM to buy 3 more!!!!*

Ah-ha! Planning on funding Jim's early retirement, are we!?  :)

 

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31 minutes ago, DarkLord said:

Thanks all! I'm sitting on a beach at beautiful Siesta Key now but when I

get back I'll try all this stuff.

 

Good times!  :)

 

I thought vacations were for the hard working folk. :P

 

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30 minutes ago, DarkLord said:

Ah-ha! Planning on funding Jim's early retirement, are we!?  :)

 

Bring it!

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1 hour ago, Tillek said:

I thought vacations were for the hard working folk. :P

 

What? You don't think that the SysOp of The DarkForce! BBS is a hard working person?

 

After being forced to deal with some callers all year <cough> he deserves a vacation!   :)

 

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1 hour ago, Tillek said:

Bring it!

Somewhere, Jim is silently cheering this message thread on...   :)

 

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3 hours ago, Bikerbob said:

well I am going to try and set it up tonight. wish me luck!

 

James

 

 

Good luck and let us know how it goes!  :)

 

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that got sidetracked, as I was very frustrated with my own modem.. so I fixed it.. YES it is fixed now.. SO I have to get back to trying the bbs with the WImodem232

 

The UDS 10 for the most part seems to be working fine.  I see people logging on again.. it was very quiet last week.

 

James

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Okay. I've been playing with the WiModem 232 and DarkForce.

 

Things are not going well so far. Well, sort of yes, but sort of no.

 

First off, I do have it to the point where it will connect. I set it

up on the duplicate DarkForce on my Mega STe and have been

experimenting with it there.

 

Next, after setting it to a static network, it lost connection

with my router (red LED). So I double checked the settings,

all good there. I finally just ran WPS again and it reconnected.

 

So far so good. Until I turn the WiModem off. Then it fails to

find the router again. WPS again, successful. WiModem off,

fails to connect when you turn it back on. I also tried entering

the router with AT*N1,passphrase and that worked as far

as the connection being successful, but just as soon as you

power it off, same thing. I did do a AT&W for saving after

and it still didn't make a difference either.

 

<Shrugs> Anyway, it will connect with it set to either telnet

or raw, port 520. I was using SyncTerm for this, btw. The

problem is, it acts just like the UDS-10 did when I had it set

to raw mode. There's no <return> when you login, it goes

straight to the rest of the login process. I could handle that,

no big deal. However, once you're logged in, strange things

happen. For example, the E-mail bomb program, if accessed

will not accept option 5 to exit. It just sits there.

 

Also, if you go into the download section (which is a big part

of this experiment and switching to the WiModem), you get

as far as one of the download areas and from there, it won't

accept any key choice except Q to quit. If you press B to

look at the files, it just tells you NONE as if you pressed the

option to check for new files. Same thing with C for a catalog

listing. It says NONE again. It will let you quit out to the main

menu at least.

 

Also, it fails to disconnect. DarkForce goes back to it's login

waiting screen but SyncTerm is setting as if it's ready to login

again. I had to alt-z for the menu and force a disconnect.

 

As I said, I tried this with the WiModem 232 set to both raw

and telnet, and Syncterm accordingly. Neither option made

a difference. :(

 

So if there's not some setting for the WiModem that will

address this behavior, I guess I won't be switching from the

UDS-10. I read the PDF from top to bottom but couldn't

find anything that seems to fit this situation.

 

Fully open to suggestions, thoughts, ideas, etc, at this

point...  :)

 

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3 hours ago, Bikerbob said:

that got sidetracked, as I was very frustrated with my own modem.. so I fixed it.. YES it is fixed now.. SO I have to get back to trying the bbs with the WImodem232

 

The UDS 10 for the most part seems to be working fine.  I see people logging on again.. it was very quiet last week.

 

James

All the BBS's were quiet last week.  Hell, I missed a few days on Basement and the main message base only had 35 messages!  Did it go down or something?

 

Speaking of Down... I took SFHQ down Thursday when we had a thunder storm roll in... I was going to do a few things before firing it back up (like put the case back together since it's still in pieces) but got busy with work and then every time I went to put it back up.... another storm.

 

Gotta love NE Ohio weather.

 

So I'll work on that tonight hopefully (or considering it was a bad day at work, I might just kick a few Mike's back and be done with it).

 

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3 hours ago, Bikerbob said:

that got sidetracked, as I was very frustrated with my own modem.. so I fixed it.. YES it is fixed now.. SO I have to get back to trying the bbs with the WImodem232

 

The UDS 10 for the most part seems to be working fine.  I see people logging on again.. it was very quiet last week.

 

James

Glad to hear you got yours working... what was the issue?

 

I'll be sure to try again.  I seem to  have had bad luck lately as every time I tried, it didn't connect.

 

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1 hour ago, DarkLord said:

Next, after setting it to a static network, it lost connection

with my router (red LED). So I double checked the settings,

all good there. I finally just ran WPS again and it reconnected.

 

So far so good. Until I turn the WiModem off. Then it fails to

find the router again. WPS again, successful. WiModem off,

fails to connect when you turn it back on. I also tried entering

the router with AT*N1,passphrase and that worked as far

as the connection being successful, but just as soon as you

power it off, same thing. I did do a AT&W for saving after

and it still didn't make a difference either.

 

I had nothing but problems trying to set it to STATIC... So I don't know if this is an option for you on your router, but I just simply told my network to assign it a specific IP address.  It's still considered DHCP, but if the device with that specific MAC address tries to get an IP, it gets that specific one, every time, and I did my port forwarding based on that.  Seems to work like a champ.

 

The rest of it..... Hmmmmm....

 

Maybe instead of back and forthing, we can set up a specific day this week (after working hours of course) to take a look at it?

 

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I just have one wimodem. For my st. Use the mss-100 for my 8bit. 
 

though….watching some videos recently. There is another version of the wimodem. I think it is from the old net.com. 
 

seems not quite a feature rich as the wimodem but can’t say for sure. What I found nice about the old net version is it uses a 9 pin serial plug. 
 

this would be great for the Atari 850 to plug right in.   I know converters are available but to be able to plug directly into a 9 pin serial for the Atari (and many PCs) would be awesome. 
 

unfortunately it seems the old net modem requires a null modem “hat” where wimodem is plug and play. 

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Mine is back AGAIN on the UDS-10.. but working on the WIMODEM again.

 

FoReMST requires the autoanswer - it will not do a ATA with a Ring. 

 

I wish I could verify that the modemdat.txt was acutally being used because I dont feel that it is.

 

Bikerbob

 

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