The purpose of this page is merely to consolidate (for public review) my findings, thus far, on the various SCSI -> Ethernet solutions that the Linux community may have access to if we convince the right people that supporting our platform is worth while. The Linux community definately has the resources to get a project like this off the ground. But therefor I need your support ! I have also started a "Hardware Petition" that I am using to help leverage all the support we can. I need also people who are willing to offer money so we can buy a few adaptors for the software developers. |
Once I have all the necessary technical specifications, we only need programmers to write the drivers. Are there any programmers who would like to join this project?
If you can see yourself wanting to buy such a device then go fill out the petition ! This will help our cause greatly.
I will try and keep this page updated showing the latest info I have on the subject.
|Question||What IS a SCSI <--> Ethernet Adaptor?|
|Answer||Basically, just a black box that hooks to a computer's SCSI bus to an Ethernet (Local Area Network) bus and lets you connect to an Ethernet TCP/IP network! i.e. Hook your Linux machine to WinNT, AmigaOS, MacOS X, UNIX, TOS or whatever!|
|Question||How much do they go for?|
They can get a bit pricy (EURO 130-260!) but I am checking around for the lowest... |
USD 164 (about EURO 145) for a Sonic MicroSCSI Desktop Ethernet adaptor.
|Question||Are there DRIVERS for these things for Linux?|
|Answer||NOT YET! THAT is why we need Linux programmers to come together to help work on this! EMAIL ME if you have the experience, skills, and resources (no beginners please)...|
|Asante--Desktop EN/SC||No support!|
|Sonic--microSCSI||Sonicsystems no longer produces the microSCSI.|
|Dayna--Pocket SCSI/Link||No support!|
Is manufacturing a SCSI <--> Ethernet Adaptor at the moment. |
|RFC 2143||Covers IP over SCSI.|
[...] the En/SC device is a standard SCSI to Ethernet device I would believe that the interface specifications about how this port is addressed would be available (and much more expansive) from the OEM of the platform, Apple, in the form of a Developers Toolkit or API kit. Our Ethernet device adhears to the specifications for devices attached to this port and these standards are outlined in the ToolKit.Russelll Magee (from the Atari/Linux community)
[...] One hint : When developing a driver for the SCSI adapter please remember the universal SCSI driver for all ATARIs (and MagiCMac) from Steffen Engel, Germany, to access any SCSI device connected to any SCSI port. I think it would make things much easier. Besides your driver has not to cope with hardware directly, no problems with MagiC and/or background DMA and so on.Carsten Krumnow (from the Atari community)
[...] called the Asante mini en/sc adapter, it has only Macintosh drivers on a high density 3.5" disk. It has a db25f on one end and an rj45 on the other end and uses an Amd SCSI chip AMPAL18 P8AJC 33824YR A, a NS9324AJ DP83902AVLJ, a TI 3311FST AS648, a NS P37AL 74F373 among others of course.Victor Bobier (from the Atari community)
[...] the m68k (maybe others too?) NetBSD ports have a se0 driver for a Cabletron SCSI-Ethernet device. I don't know how close the commands are to these models, but it may be a good starting point if someone is going to write a driver.John Wittkoski (from the Amiga community)
This file was originally created
by Thomas Weeks (Amiga platform).
Further editing was done by Karl Samyn.
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