Other applications were written to use it too. Of course you might have a machine new enough to have PCI slots or an Ethernet adapter on the motherboard. It talks to the packet driver for that hardware, and as far as the networking software is concerned all packet drivers all look and behave the same way. MS Client setup Run setup from the temporary directory above. For difference between DOS and cmd see here. Packet drivers are usually specific to a particular model of Ethernet device. I mean a really DOS system, there’s no Windows available.

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There is a free tool, called ‘nicscan.

Set up a DOS VM with networking (and shared folders).

It also saves you time. If you are running DOS on such a high powered machine, I applaud you. I used VirtualBox 1. In the case you mean cmd when you say DOS type the following into at the prompt. When the packet driver loads it is going to look for the Ethernet adapter and try to communicate with it to ensure that the Ethernet adapter is available. Decoupling the network hardware programming from the applications made the applications smaller and less complex while allowing them to handle new adapters with no changes, provided that the new adapters provided a packet driver.

SOLUTION-2 (only for Network Cards on PCI):

For 16 bit ISA bus machines you can use nearly anything. In the absence of specific information to the contrary, assuming DOS means cmd.


On the other hand, the rewards are well worth it. The 32 bit versions compile under a variety of C compilers. I have not experienced one but I have read in many places that if you find a 3Com 3C based adapter that you should burn it and bury it. Application software would use the API to send and receive packets.

There are lots of ways to connect computers together. So you can use it, but you will have to live with any bugs and limitations. Back then people did not have home networks and networking equipment was much more expensive.

And besides, he actually DID mean what he asked. Most of my experience has been with packet drivers pcnef32 related software; a list of additional resources is provided to help you understand packet driver based solutions and other solutions that I mentioned earlier. You also need to tell the other software what software interrupt that the packet driver is listening too.

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Brutman, mbbrutman at gmail. Almost every old machine can use floppy disks or the serial port for data transfer and for a machine that is rarely used that is all you need.

I did not care much about optimization, just wanted to get it up and running. Client preparation Once your VM reboots, you can map or share drives. This page barely scratches the surface of DOS networking. Other applications were written to use it too.


Blasting files around the house at speeds ranging from 25KB per second on a slow machine pfnet32 a parallel-port Ethernet adapter to KB per second on a high end with a 16 bit NE compatible adapter sure beats the heck out of ‘sneakernet. If you want to share your host’s c: For difference between DOS and cmd see here.

Often there was just one parallel port compared with two serial ports on a computer, and the parallel port was often connected to a printer. I mean a really DOS system, there’s no Windows available. Sign up using Facebook.

They switched to a packet driver xmd when the variety of Ethernet cards mushroomed. Some 16 bit cards might be able to function in an 8 bit slot, but you will have to experiment with that. There is a 16 bit real mode version for use on the older machines and a 32 bit protected mode version for newer machines.

Protocol suites are interesting but most people do not interact with them; they use applications that hide the details of the protocol suite and underlying data transfer medium. Here are some places to look for a packet driver for a specific Ethernet device. Host preparation If you want to share your host’s c:

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