WiFi connection setup for Newton 2×00 and eMate 300

What we need to get WiFi on Newton:

After you get WiFi card and download software and driver, you can install and setup everything on Newton (emate). How to do it:

1. Install NIE software first. Install 4 .pkg files from NIE 2.0 set: enetsup.pkg, inetenbl.pkg, inetstup.pkg and newtdev.pkg

2. Install WiFi driver for WiFi card (pict above)

3. Click on Internet Setup icon and select Generic Setup

4. Set Connect using as Ethernet.

5. Give name for connection (i.e. ‘WiFi’), set ‘Configuration’ as ‘Manual’ and select proper WiFi card from ‘Card’ list.

6. Enter proper IP Address, subnet mask, Router Address and DNS (Google DNS working fine for me, but you can use your own)

At the end you should see something like this. You can close this window.

Now, back to Extras and open ‘Owner info’ icon.

7. Click on ‘Home’ Worksite (or any other you created and want to use for internet connection.

8. You should see that kind of view. Click on ‘Show’ and select ‘All Info’.

9. Click on ‘Add’ and select ‘Internet Access’.

10. Select ‘Internet Setup’ and select profile you’ve created before (in our example that was ‘WiFi’).

11. Click on ‘Add’ again and select ‘802.11b WaveLAN setup’.

12. Here you are able to setup WiFi card. Input your SSID. My advice is to prepare separate AP with open WiFi network for test.

And that is all. If you did everything right, you can connect with internet 🙂

IMPORTANT NOTE: You need to understand that not all WiFi Access Points will work with Newton WiFi cards. I wrote separate text about it (See http://applenewton.co.uk/2017/04/26/apple-newton-2×00-wifi-hardware-compatibility-test-2017/). I also recommend to do not use any encryption. Instead of this I recommend to use AP with ability to adjust the transmission power and SSID hidden. For example I’m using Apple AirPort AP with only 10% of power. That is guarantee that my neighbour will have no access to that network because effective range is about 10 meters around.

New WiFi card for Newton in my collection – Enterasys Networks RoamAbout

I have a very ugly habit of buying and testing unknown PCMCIA cards. These are usually WiFi cards, network cards (LAN) or memory cards. Sometimes I can find something interesting. This time I managed to get a WiFi card. For a penny 🙂

This card is released by Enterasys Networks, Inc, and the model name is ‘RoamAbout’. This is 5V and 16-bit card, of course. And – what is most important – working with Newton!

What is interesting, Newton WiFi driver recognise this card as a ‘Cabletron RoamAbout’, which is on official Newton compatible WiFi card list.

Next week I will do couple tests with this card.

Ps. If you want to check which WiFi cards works with Newton, that list can be helpful: WiFi cards compatible with Newton