D-Link pocket adaptor
Last update : 30 September 1998 / 13.42 CET
There exists a method to connect a D-Link DE 600 to the cartridge port of
any ST or TT, and I assume it will work with a Falcon. The D-Link DE 600 is a PC pocket-ethernet-adaptor that you can
connect on the parallel port. It is almost a small rectangle, with one side a little bigger than the
parallel port and the third dimension just a little longer than the width.
It has a power supply that is connected by a small jack.
BTW, they have models with BNC connectors (thin coax), with AUI connectors (thick coax), with RJ-45 connectors for
10Base-T UTP, and a model with both BNC and RJ-45. I don't think the
prices are all the same. I hope I'll have some prices soon.
Because the parallel port of the ST and TT isn't bidirectional, it requires an
extra device so you can connect the D-Link DE 600 to the cardridge port. This device do you have to build yourself.
You can download the plans right here :
dlinksr.zoo driver sources for TUWTCPIP,
must be modified for newadapt.img (switch on printer-INT)
The adaptor connects the ROM-Port to the DE 600 and takes the interrupt
from the parallel-port. It is a very simple circuit with 5 IC and some other
passive stuff. The best thing is, to take an old Epromdisk and put the
IC-layer on top (connected with a 28pin DIL-socket).
Sources for the driver are also available for MintNet and Linux (ask Kay Roemer). A driver for StiK is not available,
because there is no builtin driver interface.
Here are some addresses of the manufacturer :
AufDer Krautweide 32
6232 Bad Soden, Germany
The Broadway, London
NW9 7BW, U.K.
More information :
- The D-Link DE600 isn't available anymore in Belgium, The Netherlands and Germany. I don't know nothing about the situation in other countries in Europe. The new pocket-adaptor is the D-Link DE 620. I don't know if it is compatible with the drivers and hardware provided above. But the company told me that all the new DE 6x0 would be backwards compatible. So I think they have to work with the driver and the little device.
- There are new files available for the D-Link DE 600 pocket adaptor. Driver-files and print-layouts for the adapted *.img file from above. Contact me if you want more info about it.
- It should be possible to connect the D-Link DE 600 pocket adaptor to the parallel port of a Falcon, because this one is bidirectional. Although it is possible that the speed of the parallel port is limited. (thx Cedric Moreau)
But the Parallel port of the ST is also bidirectional (see Atari Profi Book), so why did they make the ROM-port device?
Well, indeed the ST can do bidirectional I/O through the parallel port, but
this requires direct programming of the PSG. This means stuff that runs in
the background, like a network driver, can run into problems when other
programs (or TOS) try to use the PSG to make sound, to use the floppy drive,
the serial port...
- D-Link DE 600 and DE 620 information about packet drivers and other drivers is available :