RemoteFS - Parallel

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RemoteFS - Parallel

Postby Trapper » Wed Oct 18, 2017 4:32 am

Has anyone here used RemoteFS with parallel ports?

I was looking at the entry in Chris' Acorns as I remember my secondary school had RemoteFS over 10base-2 back in the 90s. I nicked a copy of the software and played around on my A3010 at home.

Ready the section here it seems RemoteFS supports two Arc's connected via bidirectional parallel port. In my case I'd want to connect a RISC PC and an A3010.

Has anyone done this?! ... oteFS.html

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Re: RemoteFS - Parallel

Postby ajw99uk » Fri Oct 27, 2017 9:00 pm

RemoeFSfroze RiscPC (4.39 and Kinetic) when I had a quick try - can have another go and report details if you're still interested but am not hopeful. This and this!top ... iW5htunIyg indicate it's not RPC compatible.

The latter mentioned RSDFS as an alternative, don't know if that's available anywhere.
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Re: RemoteFS - Parallel

Postby lcww1 » Fri Oct 27, 2017 10:43 pm

RemoteFS looks very nice, and it's a shame that's not been updated. RSDFS sounds intriguing; I found a nice review of this software in Arm Club's Eureka magazine (, and it looks like RSDFS is still available to buy from CJE Micros. There are some freely available alternatives though, which may well do what you want.

I've recently had success with direct serial transfer between a RISC PC (RO 4.03) and an A3010 using SerialNET from iSV. SerialNET is freely available from I got a suitable serial crossover cable from CJE Micros for using with SerialNET.

I've also had success with ZeriLink from Jon Kortink for parallel port transfers between an A3010 and other computers including an A5000 and an old Windows PC. I've not tested ZeriLink on a RISC PC, but I'm pretty sure it would work. The ZeriLink software is freely available from Suitable parallel port cables for ZeriLink can be obtained from CJE, but the ZeriLink documentation gives a clear description of the cable construction, so you could make your own if you preferred.

I hope that's of some help?

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