LocalTalk-to-Ethernet bridge

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A LocalTalk-to-Ethernet Bridge is a network bridge that joins the physical layer of the AppleTalk networking used by previous generations of Apple Computer products to an Ethernet network. This was an important class of products in the late 1980s and early 1990s, before Ethernet support became universal on the Mac lineup.

Some LocalTalk-to-Ethernet Bridges only performed Appletalk bridging. Others were also able to bridge other protocols using ad-hoc standards. One example was the MacIP system that allowed LocalTalk-based Macs to send and receive TCP/IP (internet) packets using the bridges as a go-between.

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Hardware devices:

Software in MacTCP era (<1995):

  • Apple IP Gateway from Apple Computer[1]
  • SuperBridge/TCP from Sonic Systems

Software in Open Transport era (>1995):

  • Internet Gateway from Vicomsoft
  • IPNetRouter from Sustainable Softworks
  • LocalTalk Bridge from Apple Computer

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