Beame & Whiteside's Networking Adventure


Beame & Whiteside TCP/IP was a DOS networking stack notable because Quake 1 supported using it for Internet play. But it seems that no copies of it seem to be available anywhere, even on eBay. For all intents and purposes it seems to have vanished from the face of the Earth

Hummingbird acquired Beame & Whiteside and it looks like it may have been briefly sold as part of their NFS Maestro suite for DOS, but good luck finding that too

anyway a nice DOS hack would be to write a device driver to reimplement the same API as B&W TCP/IP but backed by a free stack like mTCP or WATTCP. then you can play internet quake from pure DOS retro machines
(you can already play from inside Win9x anyway but pure DOS would be cooler)
some details of the API are in the Quake sources

alternatively: add B&W API support to DOSbox. that would be cool too. but since quake is probably the only game in existence to support this API it's dubious whether it's worth the effort

@JoYo @fraggle What about abandonware sites, though I imagine you have already checked most of those.

@JoYo @claudiom I think they entirely ditched the DOS stack in later versions for understandable reasons

@fraggle @claudiom I remember when I had to install a networking stack for windows.

i think i messed up onetime and installed netware and had to wait for my friend with internet to download the TCP/IP installer.

@JoYo Back in those days, I was dealing with AppleTalk and MacTCP in System 7.5.1 on the Performa 6220CD. 😜 @fraggle

@claudiom @JoYo I've checked everywhere I can think of and no dice.

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