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Clockport Wi-Fi adapter: useful?

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Clockport Wi-Fi adapter: useful?

Post by iljitsch »

Not really a Roadshow topic, but a more general networking one which I think might be relevant to the people on this forum.

These days, an Ethernet or Wi-Fi PCMCIA adapter for the A1200 or A600 with freely available drivers is pretty cheap. However, they both take up the PCMCIA slot which then can't be used for a CF card adapter or other hardware. Ethernet also requires an annoying wire, while the Wi-Fi cards that work don't support current Wi-Fi security standards, so you really don't want to use them on regular Wi-Fi networks.

So I was thinking: what about a modern Wi-Fi adapter that connects to the A1200 clock port? Goals:

Affordable: about 50 euros/dollars or less
Performance: at least 100 kB/sec transfer rate
Wireless: at least 802.11g and WPA, preferably 802.11n and WPA2

This way, you can simply hook up your Amiga to your existing Wi-Fi network for quick downloads and the like, without any adverse impact to anything else and without the need for an Ethernet cable or having any external hardware.

The clock port tops out at about 1 MB/sec total bandwidth, but that's with the CPU using 100% of its time talking to the clock port device. So performance is going to be less than PCMCIA solutions. However, the PCMCIA port is available for quickly transferring large amounts of data using CF cards, so pure speed isn't the most important goal.

What do you guys think? Would a device like this be worth it?

And if enough people want one, what would be the best way to make that happen? A hardware hacker could probably come up with a solution based on the <a href="">ESP8266</a> or similar with some glue logic to connect to the clock port. The sana2 driver should probably be not too much of a problem with the Prism2 source available. That leaves getting the ESP8266 CPU to do what we need it to do...
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Re: Clockport Wi-Fi adapter: useful?

Post by duga »

Speed is not important, but it must support WPA2/AES in 2020.

WPA/TKIP is considered legacy by now and should be disabled or at least not used anymore.
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