Configuration System: Network



If you wish to use your computer as a part of any network then the Network section of RISC OS Six will prove to be one of the most important. 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 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 Six has ten different sections corresponding to different aspects of your systems setup. Working from left to right, then top to bottom they are:

If your computer is part of an Acorn server-based network, using the AUN protocol allows you to log into, and download files from, the server. AUN stands for Acorn Universal Networking, and essentially handles Ethernet connections driven by Acorn's Level 4 Fileserver software. Note that AUN is not supported on VirtualAcorn products.

RISC OS Six includes a firewall. To use it you need to set up some rules to allow desired traffic and block unwanted traffic.

This provides control over the hosts RISC OS recognises.

This allows you to configure any hardware network interfaces built into the computer.

This opens a window allowing you to configure the different types of mime encoded files that may come into your system and to set suitable RISC OS aliases for them. Examples include Word documents, that could load into TechWriter. Do not change this file if you are unsure of the result. It is used by applications such as Messenger Pro and FTP and could stop them working correctly.

Allows you to control the NetFS filing system.

If you have OmniClient installed, RISC OS can connect to a PC network; and given recent additions to Mac OS X it can also connect to Mac computers on the same network.

Provides control over the domain name system on your network.

Allows you to specify the routing of the Internet connection.

Provides control over the Access+ ShareFS system.

The following sections go into a little more detail about some of the Network configurations.


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