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Alton Hernandez
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Hi,

Has anybody tried a direct-cable connection between Linux and Windows using parallel port? Most of the DCC I know of uses the serial port. But since a parallel port is said to be faster, I want to try using it. Care to share your experience?

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parallel ports are a little bit faster than RS232 serial ports, but they're also more hassle. for an even faster connection still, why not put a couple of cheap 10Mbps network cards in the machines and use a crossover 10baseT cable? that's much faster than parallel ever will be, and easier to configure and run, too; network software is plentiful, but parallel-cable DCC software is rare.
 
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One machine is an old notebook with no PC card.
 
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Parallel-port networking was fairly popular about 10 years back, though most of the folks I knew doing it we using Amigas. Shouldn't be a problem to find Linux resources for it, but I don't know about the Windows side.

Probably the magic Google word would be "parport".
 
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Thanks everyone.

PLIP seems to be the answer. They say that you need to download a PLIP progarm for Windows. In addition, you also need to get Trumpet Winsock.

I'll try it and see how it goes, otherwise, I'll just go serial.
 
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