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Connect Ethernet via Parallel or Serial in old laptop

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Is it possible to connect an old 386 machine to network (ethernet)? It has only parallel and serial ports. I'm not expecting much, just planning to use it as a remote terminal. The machine in question is a Commodore C386SX-LT

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Yes. For example, the Xircom PE3-10BT is a parallel port adapter that allows an RJ45 connector be plugged into it. You don't get full 10 Mbps with it, but it works. Mine is powered via a PS/2 port passthrough plug and jack. I use mine with my 386 laptop.

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If you have another computer to hook it up to and act as a bridge (or router), you could in principle run SLIP or PPP over the serial port to another machine. You're unlikely to get speeds exceeding 100 kb/s.


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Connect Ethernet via Parallel or Serial in old laptop

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Is it possible to connect an old 386 machine to network (ethernet)? It has only parallel and serial ports. I'm not expecting much, just planning to use it as a remote terminal. The machine in question is a Commodore C386SX-LT


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Yes. For example, the Xircom PE3-10BT is a parallel port adapter that allows an RJ45 connector be plugged into it. You don't get full 10 Mbps with it, but it works. Mine is powered via a PS/2 port passthrough plug and jack. I use mine with my 386 laptop.

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More specifically, it's a parallel port adapter that allows an RJ-45 ethernet cable to be plugged in to it. When you see an RJ-45 jack on older equipment, you could be mistaken if you blindly assume that it's an Ethernet port. - besmirched Jun 1 at 18:31

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