I maintain an older Pentium III running Windows 98 as part of my collection of vintage machines. I named the box "Bridgette" because it basically is used to bridge my older machines into the modern world. In addition to having all kinds of old/weird hardware installed, my Apple //, Commodore 64 and Amiga 3000 are all connected via a serial cable to an A/B/C/D box which is then connected via NULL modem to COM1 on Bridgette. This makes it very convenient to download from the interwebs, copy the data to Bridgette, fire up HyperTerminal and use Zmodem to transfer the data to one of my older machines.
Now what I would like to do, if possible, is install something like PUTTY on Bridgette (the Windows 98 box) to establish an outbound Telnet session, but pipe the IO of that session to COM1. The idea being that from the terminal software of the older computer I should be able to 'telnet' to BBS over the internet.
I've seen this done using a Raspberry Pi because the GPIO on the PI can basically pipe the shell right to the TX/RX lines, and with a Max3232 in place you can easily drive an RS-232 connection. But I already have Bridgette sitting there and wired up, and well, it seems like it should be so easy.
So to recap, I am looking for a solution, that would work under Windows 98 to allow an external 'dumb' terminal connected to COM1 to interact with an 'telnet session' to an external server (most likely on the internet).
I hope I am making sense. Thanks!