Networking FreeDOS - TCP/IP
The Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) and the Internet Protocol (IP)
is now the most widely used protocol to connect to a Network.
TCP/IP was devised as an open standard via the RFC system, used to
connect the Internet. Of the main protocols in use, TCP/IP is the only
one that was originally designed to be used over Wide Area Networks
and not just on LANs.
There have been a number of implementations of the TCP/IP stack for
DOS (as it wasn't standardized by the OS). The most successful, as it is
still in use, is WatTCP (Waterloo TCP/IP Kernel) available from Erick
Engelke. It is free to use, but the programmer's manual must be
purchased. A 32-bit version of WatTCP is also available.
The KA9Q TCP/IP stack was used in other applications, but is most found
in the various versions of the NOS NET.EXE program, which includes
applications (ftp, smtp, etc.) as part of the program.
Most of the remaining TCP/IP stacks did not have any third party
support, so when the original programmers stopped development, all
applications development stopped too. These include the MIT/CMU pcip,
Trumpet TCP/IP, TinyTCP and FreePASCAL TCP/IP stacks. To a lesser
extent this also includes the Microsoft and Novell TCP/IP stacks, and
the various other commercial solutions.
* PC-TCP (PC/TCP) Packet Driver Specification
(see: http://www.crynwr.com/packet_driver.html (*01))
* Packet Drivers, made simple (PACKET.DOC) (Joe R. Doupnik)
(see: http://www.crynwr.com/drivers/pktd11.zip (*02))
* How PC-IP Came to Be (John Romkey, as told to Bernard Aboba)
(see: http://aboba.drizzlehosting.com/internaut/pc-ip.html (*03))
* Desktop TCP/IP At Middle Age (Steven Baker)
* The KA9Q NOS TCP/IP package (Phil Karn)
(see: http://www.ka9q.net/code/ka9qnos/ (*05))
* (url?) Universal TCP/IP Network Bootdisk for Microsoft Networks
ver 5.2 (Brad Driver) (*06)
repositories/latest/net/crynwr.zip - see PACKET.DOC
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