[rescue] SS Classic Serial ports

Charles Shannon Hendrix shannon at widomaker.com
Sat Apr 26 15:01:31 CDT 2003

On Sat, Apr 26, 2003 at 06:09:22AM -0700, Lionel Peterson wrote:
> --- Charles Shannon Hendrix <shannon at widomaker.com> wrote:
> > It's sad, but I can pick up an old PC for nearly nothing, which will
> > do the job just fine, and for far less money than a decent serial
> > board for sbus.
> What about re-purposing an HS/I card? They are available for cents ont
> he dollar now, and have no practical use (AFAIK) in a home network
> environment (waits to be proven wrong!)

I have one of those.

It's supposed to be able to handle multiple fast connections, like T1s
and stuff.

I just don't know how to make use of it, and the port boxes for them are
hard to find.  Further, their serial lines are RS-422 and other ports,
so you'd need a conversion to RS-232 I believe.

It just seemed like it was more work than just bying an old PC.  I just
hate to do that.

> > If you want a Sun which can run a fast modem (or any fast serial
> > link) with on-board ports, you need to get one of the PCI machines.
> > For example, the U30 can run its serial ports fast.
> What about getting one of those small cable/DSL routers with a serial
> backup port - hook your modem up to that? They run well under $50 and
> support high-speed serial by design. Does the serial support really
> need to be *in* the sun box?

I have never seen one with a backup serial port.

You mean there are some I could just hook my modem up to?

I know there are analog routers, but they seem expensive.

I'd be happy with some form of analog router, and then I could
put a 4-port ethernet card (I have one sitting around) in an
SS5 to gateway to that connection.

I'm assuming the firewall abilities of NetBSD are better than what the
router would have.

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