My Amiga 1200: Going Online with 2MB of RAM

My Amiga 1200 (photo by Old School Game Blog)
My Amiga 1200 (photo by Old School Game Blog)

Hi guys,

Not long ago, I was inspired by my friend (Coder) over at the Bucket Diary to get my Amiga 1200 Online again. My machine has been offline for quite some time now due to various circumstances, but I aim to change that during the coming days.

One of the big hurdles to overcome is the fact that I’ve only got 2MB of RAM in my Amiga 1200 these days. My memory card had a battery leakage and since I’m not competent in fixing that kind of stuff, I sold it to an Amiga fan in Poland that could extend its life. 2MB of RAM is not that bad, but it definitely limits the possibilities of what one can do Online. Since my aim is to download files of FTP’s and access Aminet, 2MB should be enough. πŸ˜‰

I’ve got two network cards that I can use. The first one is a PCMCIA WLAN card from AmigaKit. This is the card I used to get my A1200 Online in the past. I also have a regular PCMCIA Ethernet card, which gives me the option of using cabled Internet. My router at home is set up with WPA2 security and I’m not exactly keen on changing it to WEP, as it is much less secure. The reason it must be changed is that the network card on the Amiga doesn’t cope with WPA/WPA2. I’m therefore considering going cable.

As for software, I’ve got the EasyNet package from AmigaKit. It contains all you need to get your classic Amiga Online. πŸ™‚

EasyNet software and a PCMCIA WLAN card from AmigaKit (photo by Old School Game Blog)
EasyNet software and a PCMCIA WLAN card from AmigaKit (photo by Old School Game Blog)

It will for sure be interesting to see how an Amiga 1200 with 2MB of RAM will handle the Internet. I’m going to take some pictures (most probably a video) of it downloading from FTP’s, visiting websites and perhaps using IRC, so please stay tuned! πŸ˜‰

Do any of you have some old computers hooked up to the Internet? If yes, then please comment and share your links. Would love to see some old workhorses in action.

Have nice days folks!

28 comments

  1. Oh wow, would love to see some piccys/video of this in action. I’ve never had any of my Amiga’s online before so would be interested to see how this works etc.

    Great reading again mate, keep up the good work.

    Kind regards

    StiGGy

    • Hi mate,

      Will do. Once it’s Online, I’m going to do some video. πŸ˜‰ Please remember that my Amiga is very low-spec and that it looks much better on medium to high-end machines.

  2. Thanks for the plug! I will try to get my A1200 online as well. So far I only used AmiFTP to transfer files from my other Windows laptop.

    • Hi JetSetSkippy,

      Thanks for your comment. πŸ™‚

      I’m working on getting it Online now. I’m sure my Amiga is longing to get back to the pleasuredome again. πŸ˜‰ Thanks for the links.

  3. Wow, an Amiga on the internet! Even though I’ve owned a few over the years, not once have I hooked one to the net. I do remember having one accessing a BBS back in the day though…

    Looking forward to seeing how it works out!

    P.S. Just added your blog to my list of links. Anyone that’s planning to put an Amiga online is pretty damn cool in my book.

    • Hi Heamogoblin,

      Thanks for commenting mate. πŸ™‚ That guide you wrote is awesome. Will mention it in the next post, as it will probably be helpful to many users. Dig your blog btw.

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