Get Connected with the ArcaneByte RS232 WiFi Modem

RS232 WiFi Modem

In its heyday, a vintage computer could get connected to the network of its time via a landline, a desktop modem, and a hefty long distance bill. These days, owners of vintage computers are hardly likely to have landlines at all, and no way to use that old Hayes modem.

The ArcaneByte RS232 WiFi Modem tries to solve the issue of network connectivity by utilizing an 802.11 wireless network instead of phone lines. An existing Internet connection can provide access to hundreds of telnet-based BBSes and other online services.

Features include:

  • Hayes modem emulation using standard (and non-standard) “AT” commands
  • Over-the-air (OTA) firmware updates
  • Supports all standard baud rates including 300, 600, 1200, 2400, 4800, 9600, 14400, 19200, 38400, 57600, 115200.
  • A simple configuration menu to connect to Wifi and save settings.
  • Built in Phonebook
  • DB25 serial connector
  • Uses 5v micro USB cable port for power (USB cable not included)
  • A streaming serial “telnet” mode, and server/port listener capabilities
  • Will allow an old computer to act as a server or run its own BBS (3rd party software for your computer system will be required).
  • LED status lights for CTS,RTS,TX,RX,PWR
  • Hardware flow control (partial implementation)
  • Open-source firmware based on Zimodem by Bo Zimmerman

The ArcaneByte RS232 WiFi Modem has been tested on many different machines and operating systems, including:

  • Apple Lisa (Lisa Office System, MacWorks, Unix, Xenix)
  • Macintosh XL
  • Macintosh SE
  • Macintosh Powerbook G3
  • Atari 800 (w/ Atari 850 Interface)

Many other platforms are supported, but may require 9-pin to 25-pin adapters or gender changers. A 30-day hardware guarantee is provided, and limited support is available if needed.

The ArcaneByte RS232 WiFi Modem is available for sale in our store. A 6ft micro USB power cable is also available. For your convenience, a support page on YouTube has been setup with helpful videos demonstrating how to configure and use the WiFi Modem. Check it out!