First post, by EcoPeeko
Okay here's what I've got so far, as I try to understand DOS networking. My PC is a Compaq Presario 433 and I'll be using Arachne web browser (unless you think there's a better browser). The Compaq has no CD drive, so sending files is important. If I get something wrong or you have a question, feel free to stop me.
1. The modem is built into the motherboard. I need a driver to use it. Not sure which driver yet. Possibly NE2000?
2. Once the modem works, I need to plug an ethernet cable into my WiFi router. The Compaq has two ports on the back, one with a picture of a phone and one with a picture of a generic ethernet port. They seem to take either RJ11 or RJ12 plugs. I assume I'll be using the one with the generic symbol instead of the phone. The router, being much newer, uses RJ45. If I'm not mistaken that means I'll have to buy an adapter or a new ethernet cable with RJ11 on one end and RJ45 on the other.
3. Once the Compaq with a working modem is physically connected to the router via a compatible ethernet cable, I need to configure the IP address, Subnet Mask, Default Gateway, and Net Server to establish a successful network connection. I can use the command "ipconfig" on my other windows 10 PC to find the first 3 numbers and "nslookup" to find the 4th. Arachne web browser has a built-in setup tool that lets me input these numbers easily.
4. Once the modem is active, the Compaq is connected to the wi-fi router via ethernet cable, and the numbers are in, Arachne should just work, right? Web browsing will be limited but I'll mostly be using it for sending files anyway.
I think I've got a handle on it, but I want to be sure before I buy an ethernet cable/adapter. I've never done anything like this before. Am I understanding DOS networking correctly?