TCP/IP over LocalTalk
Scott L. Barber
Scott L. Barber first posted this to Quadlist. It is reprinted with his permission.
- I'm using my PowerBook 280c over Apple's LocalTalk bridge to get access to my ethernet network. What do I need to get TCP/IP to flow through that, too? Where can I get it?
As long as the machine running the bridge is running OpenTransport (OT) 1.1.2 or later, the bridge will pass TCP/IP packets through the AppleTalk network. You'll probably have to hardwire the address to the 280c, as well as the bridge machine, and set up your firewall to receive TCP/IP through the ethernet.
Let me say this the proper way.
Given a network with two Quadra 610's and a Mac IIsi without an ethernet card, I can take advantage of TCP/IP fast network copies (I'm talking about Speed Doubler's option) on all machines by doing the following.
The Quadra 610's are networked together with ethernet; one uses LocalTalk Bridge for the IIsi. In OT, I set the bridge up as 10.0.0.1, and the other Q610 as 10.0.0.2. The IIsi is set up as 10.0.0.3, and the router address is 10.0.0.1 on all. DNS should probably point to 10.0.0.1 as well, even though you're not really resolving anything on this ad hoc network. Speed Doubler can copy through the LocalTalk bridge from the IIsi (10.0.0.3) to the Q610 without the bridge (10.0.0.2), through 10.0.0.1, without issue. LocalTalk copies increase by about 30%.
This, of course, is all built into the current OT protocol. Given a machine that is only running MacTCP, this still works. The main issue is that the bridge (10.0.0.1) must be running OT 1.1.2 or higher to adequately route TCP/IP packets through the LocalTalk Bridge. Some may recall that LocalTalk Bridge wasn't compatible with OT when it first came out, and this was because OT primarily speaks TCP/IP, which the original LocalTalk Bridge couldn't handle properly. It used to require an Apple IP Gateway to handle the encapsulation, but OT rolled that into the OS. The important thing is to not try this with a MacTCP network - either you need one machine running OT 1.1.2 to handle all bridging/routing internally, or you'll have to have a dedicated Apple IP Gateway machine.
- Scott L. Barber <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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