Spectranet

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Spectranet

Post by PeterJ » Sun Oct 20, 2019 4:10 pm

Some years ago I purchased a Spectranet from @beanz who kindly posted it all the way from the USA.

Anyway, its been sitting in my box of random Spectrum since since I got it, but today I finally gave it a go, and its wonderful!

I thought I would post a few photos. Does anyone else have one? I note ByteDelight are remaking them.

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Re: Spectranet

Post by p13z » Sun Oct 20, 2019 10:31 pm

I got one back in 2012ish. Awesome bit of kit, always wished more folk adopted it and hosted servers. There has just been new batch re-designed and made, so hopefully it will get a new lease of life :)
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Re: Spectranet

Post by Guesser » Sun Oct 20, 2019 11:27 pm

p13z wrote:
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Awesome bit of kit, always wished more folk adopted it and hosted servers.
Well if people would get around to plugging their raspberry pi back in... ;)

I've got a public tnfs server online at tnfs://zxnet.co.uk but there's not much on there right now. The main thing is a silly music streaming thing I cobbled together.
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Re: Spectranet

Post by PeterJ » Mon Oct 21, 2019 5:30 am

Is there a guide on setting up a TNFS server? Those Pis in the photo are currently used as an openVPN server, and a PiHole, but I have a spare Pi3 I could use.
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Re: Spectranet

Post by Guesser » Mon Oct 21, 2019 10:19 am

depends, do you want a private one, or a public one?
A pi would easily run a tnfs server in addition to those other things.
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Re: Spectranet

Post by PeterJ » Mon Oct 21, 2019 10:43 am

Thanks for the reply. A private one initially for testing, then thinking maybe we could set one up on our SC server.

I've got the sever working in the past, but I don't know what to do next (as in how do you get from installing the server, to having the Spectrum pages display).

http://spectrum.alioth.net/doc/index.php/TNFS_server
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Re: Spectranet

Post by stupidget » Mon Oct 21, 2019 11:40 am

Out of interest, was SpectraNet available in the 80's?

It would have been great to essentially load a game on the speccy and then save a snapshot into the cloud. Mind you, does this use TCP/IP and if so then as TCP/IP was in its infancy in the mid 80's then I doubt there would actually have actually been anything to connect to.
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Re: Spectranet

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Re: Spectranet

Post by Seven.FFF » Mon Oct 21, 2019 12:42 pm

PeterJ wrote:
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how do you get from installing the server, to having the Spectrum pages display.
They’re not pages, they’re spectrum files - BASIC programs, CODE files, etc, just the same as you would save to tape.

If you make a BASIC menu program %SAVE “BOOT.ZX” LINE 0 then this one should load with %LOAD “” or autorun when you connect (if you have configured auto boot), and act as your “homepage”.
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Re: Spectranet

Post by Guesser » Mon Oct 21, 2019 12:56 pm

A private server is as simple as copying the tnfsd source to your pi, compiling it, and pointing at a directory of files.

A public server is a bit more work to set up file permissions appropriately, and ideally run the server from its own limited user account.
Then if you want a setup like mine where you have read/write access internally, but connections from outside get a read only server, you're into fiddly firewall rules and so on.
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