If you wish to use your computer as a part of any network, the Network section of RISC OS 4.39 will prove to be one of the most important within RISC OS. Whether it's to use your computer on the Internet or as a part of a local network (via a network interface card (NIC)) everything you need to configure is located within here.
What follows are very brief, simple, explanations for each window. If you are not familiar with computer networking there are various publications and web sites that can guide you through the process properly or your dealer/software supplier should be in a position to help.
If you click on the Network icon the following window appears:
Whereas RISC OS 4 had three sections to configure AUN, Access and Internet, RISC OS 4.39 has ten different sections corresponding to different aspects of your systems setup. It's important to understand that the options you see will depend on the hardware in your computer. For example the settings in the Interfaces section will depend on the type of networking hardware fitted. For this reason we have not included any 'default' settings in this document, you should consult the documentation that was supplied with your network interface.
Working from left to right, then top to bottom the various options are are:
One of the few confinements of Virtual Acorn is that the whole of the Network section is pretty much irrelevant. As such, I'm limited in the explanation that can be provided as to how to configure it accurately. I would however say that if you're looking to connect your RISC OS computer to other RISC OS computers, buy two network cards on eBay and plug them into each other, then enter:
*SHARE ADFS::HardDisc4.$ MyDisc
Once on each machine. You'll then find each hard disc available to the other computer through the Discs icon.
So far as configuring an Internet connection, use an all in one connection kit such as that provided by R-Comp or contact a dedicated RISC OS-aware ISP (such as Orpheus) and you' ll have all the help and assistance required to connect your computer to the Internet.