I have an old Toshiba Satellite 4015CDT, with Pentium II MMX, 32MB RAM, 4GB HDD. It also has one USB 1.0 port, parallel and serial ports, a 3.5" floppy drive and a CD-ROM drive (probably almost dead). I've installed NetBSD on this machine (full install) and now I want to connect it to the Internet. Although it has one PCMCIA modem card in it, it is obviously not an option.
I've narrowed down my available options to the following:
- Connect a USB wireless adapter. I have a Realtek RTL8192U adapter, but although the system gives me the device's name (through dmesg) it fails to recognize it as a network adapter.
- Connect the laptop to another machine through a serial connection, so that the other machine will serve as a bridge to the Internet. Here is the page from the NetBSD documentation on serial connections. Unfortunately, I was not able to find anything on bridging there.
I would very much appreciate your suggestions on the topic. Thanks in advance.
Status update: tried installing a driver for my adapter using NDISulator on NetBSD. However, the kernel compilation failed. See here.
Status update #2: tried installing using NDISwrapper on Damn Small Linux (kernel 2.4.31). Although the driver installs and
ndiswrapper -l shows hardware is present, I cannot configure the network interface (doesn't show up in
ifconfig -a and
iwconfig). It seems like this adapter is not supported by NDISwrapper (at least it's not mentioned on their wiki).