User avatar

Posted Fri Feb 21, 2020 8:25 am

CIA Amiga BBS is online since April 2018.
telnet to or pull it up in your browser at
Featuring FidoNet, AmigaNet, RetroNet, PiNet, fsxNet, tqwNet and C=Net echo areas.
All are welcome.
Running Zeus v1.7 BBS software on a real Amiga 1200/030. 5 nodes available.

User avatar

Posted Tue Mar 24, 2020 3:27 pm

Thanks for this awesome guide! I do have a question though: I've got an Amiga 2000 with an X-Surf ethernet board, along with Workbench 1.3 installed onto a microSD card (via a SCSI2SD board). I'd love to be able to use the X-Surf but as of now I'm unclear if it's even possible with Workbench 1.3, or if I should stick to serial connections (like with my Wifi232 module). Any suggestions or tips?

User avatar
Seattle, WA, USA

Posted Tue Mar 24, 2020 4:34 pm

@Huxley I could be wrong, but I think you're better off using your WiFi rather than X-Surf to hop onto BBSes, if you're picking between those two options. To simply get on a BBS, trying to put an entire TCP/IP stack in place is almost overkill IMO. I think you'd need Roadshow if you did go the X-Surf route.

Your WiFi modem or Shot's excellent guide should get you there with far less hassle.

User avatar
Zippy Zapp

Posted Tue Mar 24, 2020 5:38 pm

What @intric8 said!

If your main use is for BBSing then for sure a WiFi Modem is the best choice, IMHO. Most terminals were made with serial connections/modems in mind so you have a lot of choices for software as the WiFi modems are modem emulators.

I don't know what terminals would support the ethernet device. I have one for my 1200 and an X-surf 500 to plug into my ACA500+ but I have not installed it yet.

User avatar
Detroit, MI, USA

Posted Wed Mar 25, 2020 12:47 am

I had looked into TCP/IP stacks several times in the past. To my knowledge there has never been one that supported Workbench 1.3 - This is partly what took me so long to figure this stuff out. Everyone else had been pointing to things like that in order to get "online"... Well, their version of online was via the World Wide Web, they were all using Workbench 2 or above, and most used TCP/IP stacks. I mean I recall having a little fun in the early 2000's using IBrowse via WinUAE in a 3.1 setup, but fun with http on an Amiga today is not what I would call worth my time. Of course this could be achieved on machines such as the 500 or 2000, but Workbench 2 or above would be needed.

I had, and continue to have more fun with the BBS'ing, which has plenty of terminals that work under 1.3, and gives you an authentic 80's/90's experience. For that, something that emulates a modem would surely be best. Personally I'm still interested in the stacks for the Amiga in my 2.04 partition, as I know there are some ICQ type programs that support that there.

Return to “The Lounge”