Strikelink Ultra + Raspberry PI = Complete Modem Solution

Another useful hack. We have macs at my house. All my roommates have macs. Not one pc in the bunch. The only way I’ve been able to BBS at home is using the Comet, hooked to the mac, using the mac’s wifi, and using the Ethernet cable to chain to the Comet. But I’m stuck at 2400 baud with that solution.

Getting TCPSer4j working on the mac was a 12 hour exercise in futility. If anyone can figure that out, be my guest. No luck there. (Using 10.5 Leopard btw)

So, I figured, instead of the comet, let’s get a simple Raspberry PI Solution going. TCPSER can do ANY Baud Rate I want, and pl2303 devices (such as the Strikelink or any other Serial<>USB Device) do not need additional drivers for the PI – they’re already included in the raspbian distro. It’s Built into the system. so let’s give it a shot.

Installing TCPSER is easy on the PI. If you haven’t done it yet.

sudo apt-get install tcpser

That should be it, then from commad line, just run:

tcpser -d /dev/ttyUSB0 -p 6400 -s 9600 -l 4

-d is the device. Yours should be at ttyUSB0, but in case it doesnt work, try USB1, 2, etc. -p is the port. -s is the speed. Strikelink Ultra does 9600 so use that option. -s 38400 for swiftlink/turbo232 etc. -l 4 is the logging level, i always use this.

Plug her in and you’ve got a cheap solution based out of a pi. That took 15 minutes to get running, way better than trying to get the mac rolling. Enjoy!

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