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Econet over USB?

Posted: Thu Apr 28, 2011 2:37 am
by paulv
It strikes me that this would be a viable thing to do. USB certainly has the bandwidth to do it...

So what would be involved?

1. Build a USB to Econet "cable". By cable this could well mean a circuit board of some sort.
2. Write the drivers for Windows/Mac/Linux/later RiscOS machines

I haven't written a driver since Windows 3.1 and my electronics knowledge is too basic to figure out exactly what would be required hardware wise so I'm throwing it out there for someone to pick up if they fancy a challenge :wink:

Re: Econet over USB?

Posted: Mon May 23, 2011 10:22 am
by ianSmalls
Hi,

I was considering doing this with an arduino and a master Econet board but would need to know the protocol.

The other option was to have a Ethernet shield and an Econet module on an arduino to just route the Econet data over UDP on the local network. Basicly an Econet/Ethernet Bridge.

There is already a protocol and code for linux with the Econet protocol but I know it has bugs but I havnt looked at it.

I am also after something like this as my Acorn A4 has a dead floppy but does have Econet.

Re: Econet over USB?

Posted: Mon May 23, 2011 10:34 pm
by station240
ianSmalls wrote:Hi,
I was considering doing this with an arduino and a master Econet board but would need to know the protocol.
*Monitor
from the command prompt on a econet connected beeb, its a commonly available file on most L3 server setups. You can just use BeebEm for this :wink:

Re: Econet over USB?

Posted: Tue May 24, 2011 9:17 am
by flynnjs
I was going to recreate the framer in a small FPGA and bung it
on the end of a FTDI chip. However, I'm up to my neck in other
projects right now. I hope to start this early next year.