Classic Amiga – Overview

For the purpose of this guide, we are going to create a network of three computers like this:

What’s a Network?

A network is a bunch of computers joined together. Because I like to keep things simple, (why complicate things?) my network comprises of three computers, My AmigaOne, (Called AmigaOne on the network) My Amiga1200T, which surprisingly, has the name Amiga1200T on my Network and finally, my ageing AMDXP2000 PC which I called, MIKESAMDXP2000. Spooky!!!

The name is uninportant, what you call your machines is up to you, but it helps to keep it simple, they cannot have spaces or else, NMBD otherwise known as the NetBios Name handler will get confused. Dont worry if you don’t know what NMBD is or does, this is pretty much a do this and do that guide, how it works doesn’t matter. It’s getting them to work on the Workgroup that matters!

What’s a Workgroup?

Think of it as adding a common name to all your computers, the name can be whatever you want, for the purposes of this guide I have called it AZURE but you could call it, Kylie, Bush, Lucky, whatever you like. Obviously make sure you have set the name up on your PC Side first or else you are not going to get very far.

But Why Network?

The concept is simple, I want to be able to access or share files on my 2 Amiga computers and one PC. Apart from increasing the amount of available hard disk space to store information etc, it also allows me to transfer files as and when required, for example, music, text documents etc. without the need to having resort to using floppy disks, CD Roms, USB keys, or smoke signals, just drag information from one computer to another or call upon a file from any application, no matter where on the network it is.

Finally…

The computers on this network are all on fixed ethernet cables, i.e. no wireless, therefore this guidel will not cover a wireless network, but the principles are exactly the same.
Also, for the purpose of this guide, all the machines are using static IP addresses, no DHCP, If you have a Classic Amiga, you may wish to ensure that your IP address is above the 150 mark. i.e. 192.168.0.151 for example, as anything below that is reserved for DHCP and classic Amiga computers can have trouble with DHCP.

This guide will deal with two programs, Samba and SMBFS, the first one is a pain, the second is actually quite easy to use. We’ll get samba out of the way with first and finish on a high with smbfs, which requires samba to be running first for it to work anyhow.

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