Any Use for Broadband Adapter

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Hello,

I've been a big fan of the Dreamcast since the beginning. I had a
dial-up connection before, but I just got DSL. I see broadband adapters
on ebay and was wondering if there any use for it. Are people still
running servers for DC games? Is there anything left to play online?
Any information would be appreciated.

Thanks,

Chad
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  1. Archived from groups: alt.games.video.sega-dreamcast (More info?)

    shaqattack1992-newsgroups@yahoo.com wrote:

    > Hello,
    >
    > I've been a big fan of the Dreamcast since the beginning. I had a
    > dial-up connection before, but I just got DSL. I see broadband adapters
    > on ebay and was wondering if there any use for it. Are people still
    > running servers for DC games? Is there anything left to play online?
    > Any information would be appreciated.
    >
    > Thanks,
    >
    > Chad

    There are a few games still online for the DC, for the list check here:

    http://dreamcast.onlineconsoles.com/phpBB2/portal.php

    Bel
    --

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    "Row, row, row your boat gently down the stream...whoa, I think my dingy
    hanging out!
    - Lo Wang, Shadow Warrior
  2. Archived from groups: alt.games.video.sega-dreamcast (More info?)

    shaqattack1992-newsgroups@yahoo.com wrote:
    > Hello,
    >
    > I've been a big fan of the Dreamcast since the beginning. I had a
    > dial-up connection before, but I just got DSL. I see broadband
    adapters
    > on ebay and was wondering if there any use for it. Are people still
    > running servers for DC games? Is there anything left to play online?
    > Any information would be appreciated.
    >
    > Thanks,
    >
    > Chad

    Hey Chad,

    The broadband adapter is just plain cool to have.. You can get the
    Broadband passport and surf the net with the broadband adapter.. still
    works great... Nice if you just want to surf the web on your big screen
    TV.

    I'm still hoping one day someone will make local PC servers so we can
    continue to play all those online games on local LANs...
  3. Archived from groups: alt.games.video.sega-dreamcast (More info?)

    shaqattack1992-newsgroups@yahoo.com wrote:

    >Hello,
    >
    >I've been a big fan of the Dreamcast since the beginning. I had a
    >dial-up connection before, but I just got DSL. I see broadband adapters
    >on ebay and was wondering if there any use for it. Are people still
    >running servers for DC games? Is there anything left to play online?
    >Any information would be appreciated.
    >
    >Thanks,
    >
    >Chad
    >
    >
    >
    There are a handful of games still playable. Most as I recall don't use
    the BBA. So At this point, it's not worth buying. Best of the bunch
    still playing is Starlancer. Go to

    http://dreamcast.onlineconsoles.com/phpBB2/portal.php
  4. Archived from groups: alt.games.video.sega-dreamcast (More info?)

    <shaqattack1992-newsgroups@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    news:1109973657.006947.241650@z14g2000cwz.googlegroups.com...
    > Hello,
    >
    > I've been a big fan of the Dreamcast since the beginning. I had a
    > dial-up connection before, but I just got DSL. I see broadband adapters
    > on ebay and was wondering if there any use for it. Are people still
    > running servers for DC games? Is there anything left to play online?
    > Any information would be appreciated.
    >
    > Thanks,
    >
    > Chad

    There are still a few games (i.e., "Quake") that can be played with the BBA.
    There are also "homebrew applications" that can do various things with it as
    well.

    I have a BBA, but rarely use it for gaming anymore. I mainly just use it
    turn a Dreamcast into a dumb web/email box. The Dreamcast with the BBA is
    hidden inside my entertainment center, running Planetweb's 3.0 browser.
    Internet pipe to the BBA is coming from a DLink DWL-810AP+ ethernet-wireless
    bridge, feeding of a wireless router in another location. For controller
    interface, I'm have a DC-PS2 adapter plugged into the DC, which in turn has
    the base for a wireless PS2 controller connected. I keep Planetweb running
    24/7, with bookmarks configured for quick access to web sites that deliver
    news, weather, sports, ect.

    Whole idea being that, while watching TV, can switch to the DC during
    commercials and quickly pull up news, weather, sports, or maybe read/send
    some emails -- without getting off the couch. Can also play MP3's (up to 4
    Mbytes, anyway) that are stored on a fileserver also on the WLAN. Yep, its
    for being lazy. :^)

    Is the BBA worth the $100+ that it goes for on Ebay? I don't know. If you
    want to collect DC hardware and/or play around with some DC networking, I
    suppose so. I don't have any interest in selling mine on Ebay, so suppose
    that means I value it at $100+.

    One word of caution though, should you decide to hunt a BBA down:

    There were actually two different "broadband" adapters for the Dreamcast
    that eventually found their way being sold and traded across the internet.

    One was the official Sega Dreamcast "Broadband Adapter" and the other was
    the "Lan Adapter". The "Lan Adapter" was an adapter manufactured prior to
    the "Broadband Adapter". It was used first by developers in Japan and
    eventually sold in Japan for use only with the Japanese browsers (Dreamkey
    and Passport). This adapter does not support any games -- NTSC or Japanese.

    To be able to use broadband with any games or use the NTSC browsers, you
    must have the "Broadband Adapter".

    The model numbers are:

    Lan Adapter: HIT:0300/1 (Last digit being 0 or 1)
    Broadband Adapter: HIT:0400/1 (Last digit being 0 or 1)

    Over the last few years, there have been several "less-than-honest"
    retailers/ebayers that have sold the "Lan Adapter" as a "Broadband Adapter".
    ("Buyrite" immediately comes to mind.)

    If you are going to throw $100+ out, make sure it is a HIT:0400/1. Every
    now and then, out of curiosity, I check to see what this goes for on Ebay.
    Seems to keep increasing as time goes by. Also noticed that most of the
    product descriptions on Ebay, by the honest sellers, are now specifically
    stating that the BBA that have up for auction is a HIT:0400/1.

    Cheers,
    -Eric
  5. Archived from groups: alt.games.video.sega-dreamcast (More info?)

    > Over the last few years, there have been several "less-than-honest"
    > retailers/ebayers that have sold the "Lan Adapter" as a "Broadband
    Adapter".
    > ("Buyrite" immediately comes to mind.)

    Actually, on this same subject, I remember reading one horror story in this
    NG a couple years ago.

    One particular poster purchased a BBA, at $100, from a particular online
    "retailer" (need I say who?) and received the Dreamcast Analog Modem!

    Incredible, but can't say it was surprising. Hope he got that thing
    settled.
  6. Archived from groups: alt.games.video.sega-dreamcast (More info?)

    Thanks for all the information. I might pick one up if I can find one
    at a good price. Now that I have broadband, I might use it as an extra
    Internet computer as Eric suggested.

    Thanks,

    Chad
  7. Archived from groups: alt.games.video.sega-dreamcast (More info?)

    shaqattack1992-newsgroups@yahoo.com wrote:

    > I see broadband adapters
    > on ebay and was wondering if there any use for it

    No, the broadband adapters are completely useless - people with one
    should just send it to me! ;)

    But seriously, aside from the online gaming and internet/lan access (eg
    when running linux), they're also very useful if you want to do some
    homebrew coding.

    Good luck picking one up 'cheap' though!

    Regards,
    Mark
  8. Archived from groups: alt.games.video.sega-dreamcast (More info?)

    markm@vl.com.au wrote:
    > shaqattack1992-newsgroups@yahoo.com wrote:
    > No, the broadband adapters are completely useless - people with one
    > should just send it to me! ;)
    > But seriously, aside from the online gaming and internet/lan access (eg
    > when running linux), they're also very useful if you want to do some
    > homebrew coding.
    > Good luck picking one up 'cheap' though!
    > Regards,
    > Mark

    Great!

    mans2493@duskmail.com
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