What if, for historical reasons, you wanted to test early Windows internet software?
Then you install DOS and Windows 3.x. Not too difficult if you can find copies of the software.
What next? This is where I wasted a certain amount of time. I found this information:
Run ne2000.com 0x65 3 0x300 and winpkt 0x65 before starting Windows
I found ne2000.com from the above link, but where was winpkt? Eventually I found it in many-other-drivers.zip on crynwr.com.
I still was not up and running. Then it dawned on me that I needed WinPcap on the host PC for the NE2000 emulation to work.
Next, I took a look at the DOSBox configuration file, which for this build is dosbox-SVN_MB6.conf. Nothing will work until you edit this file, since you need to specify which real NIC DOSBox should use. By default it is set to “list”, which means you get a list of candidates when you start up DOSBox.
I use Windows 8 with Hyper-V virtual networking installed, which complicates matters. It was not obvious which NIC to use, since three of mine are distinguished in the list only by GUIDs. I got it right on the second attempt.
Now I was getting somewhere. I had already added the driver initialisation into autoexec.bat. I installed Trumpet winsock which is still for sale though you get 30 days trial. You just have to configure it. No DHCP but not too difficult:
Note that the values here are examples; yours will be different.
IP address: a valid, unused IP address on your internal network
DNS server: the same as used by the host PC
Domain suffix: optional, your internal domain
Vector: this must match the first argument you gave to ne2000.com, without the 0x
Netmask: same as you use on the host PC
Gateway: same as you use on the host PC
The other values I left at the default. Then you can try a ping to check that it works:
Happy retro computing!