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      If you were broke in the 90’s, you may want to say thanks for Trumpet Winsock now: https://thanksfortrumpetwinsock.com/

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        Purchased a license last night! I hope others do the same.

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      I would have gone for Ethernet, personally. I’ve definitely had to do SLIP before, on a laptop where I didn’t have a PCMCIA ethernet card; I set up an NT 4 VM to do it. Once I got the Ethernet card, I decided to use ZModem to transfer the drivers for it over.

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        I picked up an old ethernet card that was new in box, but it expected Windows for Workgroups. This machine only had the standard home edition of 3.1. I never was able to get the card running, which is unfortunate given the slow speeds of the serial line.

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          Now that you do have Internet, you could transfer windows 3.11 to the machine.

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      I would suppose you had trouble loading any HTTPS sites? IIRC, IE5 and Win 3.1 don’t support the minimum protocol version that most sites/servers require these days.

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        Hell, fairly recent versions of OS X (10.8 I believe? ) can’t connect to a lot of new sites because the top level CA certs aren’t updated anymore and new certs are signed off a different base for the most part.

        Granted I’m pretty sure the OS X issue could be fixed by hand

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      Setting up the serial line as a separate network adapter on the laptop and setting up IP forwarding in the kernel is probably the “right” way to do it, but it’s generally a lot easier to run a getty on the serial port (to ask for login/password and launch a shell), and then have Trumpet just launch SLiRP, a userspace implementation of SLIP/PPP and NAT.

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        Aha! I wish I knew what SLiRP was a month ago. I will give it a try on my next project.

        I had so many failed attempts with PPPD that I gave up.

        Thanks for pointing me in the right direction!