BlueSCSI allows you to emulate at DaynaPORT SCSI/Link network device using the Pico-W’s Wi-Fi interface. This feature is currently in beta. You’ll need the following to get started:
Create a new text file in the root of your SD card and name it
Ensure the file extension is .ini and not .txt or anything else.
Open this text file and enter the text shown below.
Replace MyWiFi with your wireless network name and pass123 with your password. Save your file.
Your text file should look like the example below:
[SCSI] WiFiSSID=MyWiFi WiFiPassword=pass123 # Optional - Each Pico-W will generate its own MAC address, so normally not needed. # WiFiMACAddress=00:80:19:C0:FF:EE
You’ll need MacTCP or Open Transport installed on your Mac so you can connect to the internet.
MacTCP will work on System 6 or System 7. Open Transport will work on System 7 or later. Open Transport gives you the option of configuring your IP address via DHCP. If you install Open Transport it will often disable MacTCP.
Note: Open Transport was included by default in System 7.5.2 and later. You can install Open Transport manually on System 7.1 on Macs with a Motorola 68030 CPU or better and 5 MB of RAM. Version 1.1.2 or 1.3 of Open Transport are strongly recommended for this guide.
Load this .HDA image to your BlueSCSI, it has the following software installers:
Various other Internet utilities
Install MacTCP 2.1 by dragging it to the System Folder in System 6. For System 7, drag it into the Control Panels folder. Restart your Mac.
Note: If you try to install MacTCP in System 7 when you already have Open Transport installed, it will make the MacTCP control panel invisible. Uninstalling Open Transport will make the MacTCP control panel visible.
Note: If you use the ‘Easy Install’ option the installer it may produce an error saying it cannot overwrite newer versions of Network (and similar) files on your disk. If this happens, instead go back and choose ‘Customize’ and select ‘DaynaPORT SCSI/Link’. This will only install the DaynaPORT driver and not any Apple networking software.
18.104.22.168- if you get a success back, your vintage Mac is now online!
Note: You must have Open Transport version 1.1.1 already installed before installing version 1.1.2. All versions of Open Transport can be found on MacintoshGarden.org. For more information about installing Open Transport, see the PiSCSI guide here.
Note: If you use the ‘Easy Install’ option the installer may produce an error saying it cannot overwrite newer versions of Network (and similar) files on your disk. If this happens, instead choose ‘Customize’ and select ‘DaynaPORT SCSI/Link’. This will only install the DaynaPORT driver and not any Open Transport or Apple networking software.
Open the TCP/IP control panel. From the Connect via drop-down menu choose “Alternate Ethernet”. You can then configure your network settings. In most cases, choosing the “Using DHCP Server” option is the easiest. Close the control panel and select Save.
Open a web browser to test your connection!
log.txt on the SD card - you should see a network Initialization section if you configured a Network device:
=== Network Initialization WiFi MAC is 00:80:19:C0:FF:EE Connecting to WiFi SSID "UniFi" with WPA/WPA2 PSK Successfully connected to WiFi SSID UniFi
You will not want to use this on a Power Mac where an AAUI or built in ethernet is an option, but for many 68k machines it will allow you to get on to your favorite BBS, FTP site, or browse the web with FrogFind!
A real DaynaPORT connected to a PowerBook 180 using Fetch gets approximately 80kb/sec. The same machine with a BlueSCSI v2 Pico-W gets 60kb/sec.