Peter wrote:If Wolfgang has no better idea, and you don't find that approach too clumsy anyway, I could also have quick look into writing such a server at least for Linux and Windoze. Would it be better to define a packet format, or just go byte-by-byte?
I reckon a byte for byte approach would be preferable - the 'message protocol' I devised to wrap around the QLAN blocks is already packetised, and contains all the meta-data needed to synchronise/serialise the byte-stream.
I did a bit of research in to Java SERial handling libraries and can now appreciate why SMSQmulator doesn't currently support it! Seems such a simple capability to be missing from main-stream Java...
pjw wrote:As it stands, however, Im not sure Id be comfortable using this kind of network outside my home environment, eg over the Internet.
Agreed - there is zero security in the Sinclair Network Standard itself, so any solution for routing over a public WAN would involve encapsulation in UDP (preferably) and streaming over a VPN-like tunnel.
The real issue here is that of the routing and addressing the remote network. Use of solutions like OpenVPN to handle the tunneling thereafter make the security side pretty trivial...
Martin Head's terrific work and experience on both his IP Network as well as the new (Q68) Ethernet drivers will come in handy here in due course - once I've completed the OS integration, encapsulation and routing over IP/UDP is a little further down my to-do list
Chr$ wrote:how about QL_USB? It may be clearer as to what it does).
Thanks, I considered a number of names for the project and the clash with that old publication title did come to mind, but embodying the concepts of 'QLAN', 'USB' and 'Bridging' together in the acronym just came together as QL, U and B, so it stuck...
Maskenlos wrote:thanks a lot for releasing the QLUB information. As I am waiting quite a while for it, I am happy to build one within this winter.
You are very welcome - it has indeed been a long time getting to even this early-release stage... Looking forward to hearing how you get on!
gbejniet wrote:I've nothing constructive to add here, except that I'm massively excited by this and will definitely be having a crack at building one this year.
It's helpful to me simply to hear that the project is of interest to you!
Meanwhile, I'm very happy to read the conversations sparked by this project