ArchaicNET is a service you can add to your existing BBS server to provide a gateway to users to download files from a centralized server that multiple BBSes like yours access.
I was thinking of a service I could provide to other Sysops out there that enjoy the hobby of BBSing. There are tons of Oneliner (Wall) networks, and a good handful of Door Game networks. I wanted to provide a service that I have not seen in the BBS scene yet. I am sure somebody has done something like this in the past or might be currently doing something like ArchaicNET. I just have not found it.
You can easily add ArchaicNET to your BBS by following the information below. There are also some specific case scenario examples for BBS software.
I like the details!
Alright. ArchaicNET is a open to use RLOGIN server available to BBS operators that will show a list of files available to download as well as options to upload files to the network. Downloads can be performed over the telnet/ssh session via ZModem/YModem or the user can choose to generate a HTTPS link to download the file directly in their browser. There is also an option to have the link emailed to the address of their choice.
How about Privacy?
When connecting to ArchaicNET you do not need to provide any information about the user connecting.
How about Security?
RLOGIN and Telnet are plain-text protocols. I pride myself on being able to offer all encrypted services if they are possible. If you would like encrypted tunnel access from your servers to ArchaicNET just contact me. I am able to offer SSH Client-to-Server tunnel access using PLINK on Win32 and built in SSH tools in Linux.
Windows pLink (SSH) Access Package this is a small package with some batch files you will need to modify to work on your system. This is for Win32 (or 64bit) users only. Included is the plink.exe binary which you can get from the PuTTY website as well. It will point you in the correct direction to get SSH tunnel access and then RLOGIN over that tunnel.
- Add a menu item of type: IT
Set the Data Line to read: /addr=archaicnet.archaicbinary.net
TelnetDoor (Not Recommended)
Add TelnetDoor to your system using batch files or how ever you normally add a door.
The parameters (or arguments) to TelnetDoor should be: -P8523 -Sarchaicnet.archaicbinary.net -ZANSI-BBS
Add whatever item to your BBS that can do an outbound TELNET connection.
Type of Connection: TELNET
- Hostname: archaicnet.archaicbinary.net
TCP Port: 8523