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Re: Current state of online Dreamcast games

by IrishNinja Thu Jan 26, 2017 9:12 pm

damn, time to track down a copy of Alien Front Online then! awesome news.
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Re: Current state of online Dreamcast games

by Tanooki Thu Jan 26, 2017 11:02 pm

Jay, I can't do that kind of work with a soldering iron, at least I don't think without some added trial and error cost involved. I've only learned to use one in the last couple of years really and I'm working towards smaller stuff but mostly just battery swaps or popped wires in old handhelds being the smallest. Latest was putting a battery clip into a Dreamcast and that didn't go so well at first (pins popped off the old holder took awhile to get it clear.)
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Re: Current state of online Dreamcast games

by jay_red Wed Feb 01, 2017 2:08 am

I would love to get a small group of you guys to get a regular DC online game night going, we have plenty of games to choose from. I am willing to build the Line Voltage Inducers for the members that do not feel comfortable making them.
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Re: Current state of online Dreamcast games

by Tanooki Wed Feb 01, 2017 10:36 am

You're talking about that pi kit to get on via DreamPi faking out the faux phone line connection or just the inducer? I never did quite get that straight how much equipment you really needed to bypass no dialup. The whole mess put me off it which is why I do not yet have Phantasy Star Online v2.
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Re: Current state of online Dreamcast games

by jay_red Wed Feb 01, 2017 1:25 pm

Tanooki wrote:You're talking about that pi kit to get on via DreamPi faking out the faux phone line connection or just the inducer? I never did quite get that straight how much equipment you really needed to bypass no dialup. The whole mess put me off it which is why I do not yet have Phantasy Star Online v2.


Its actually not too complicated once you get the necessary parts. Basically it works like this:
-RaspberryPi has the "DreamPi" image loaded onto it (once you do this, everything is automatic, you do not need to do anything for config, just power it on)

-Plug in Linux compatible USB 56k modem

-Phone line with voltage inducer soldered into the circuit (this is pretty simple, all you need is a resistor, a 9 volt battery clip, and a 9 volt battery)

-Plug one end of the phone line into the 56k usb modem, one end to the Dreamcast and an Ethernet cable into the Pi.

-Fire up a DC web browser or similar software that will allow you to configure the dial up settings and test it out.

I think I spent less that $50 on all the components needed.
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Re: Current state of online Dreamcast games

by SpaceBooger Sat Feb 04, 2017 7:31 pm

jay_red wrote:I would love to get a small group of you guys to get a regular DC online game night going, we have plenty of games to choose from. I am willing to build the Line Voltage Inducers for the members that do not feel comfortable making them.

I am so down for this.

For those who don't want to make a dreampi there are two other options:
1. Dial-Up w/a real Dreamcast - If you have a cable phone and free long distance there are tons of state that offer free dial-up for residents. I dial into Michigan from Ohio.

2. PC Emulation - I have Demul installed on my PC and it can be configured to use the PC's internet. I used this tutorial to emulate the DC BroadBand Adapter (the linked video walks you through everything perfectly).
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Re: Current state of online Dreamcast games

by Tanooki Sat Feb 04, 2017 8:23 pm

Ok now you have me intrigued. I do in fact have a land line that basically is never used at all but had to be there for power outages and made the bundle cheaper.

I really hadn't thought of that, but if there is a number I can call into I'd do that.
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Re: Current state of online Dreamcast games

by IrishNinja Mon Feb 06, 2017 9:24 pm

jay_red wrote:I would love to get a small group of you guys to get a regular DC online game night going, we have plenty of games to choose from. I am willing to build the Line Voltage Inducers for the members that do not feel comfortable making them.


still really appreciate this whenever you get around to it, man! i totally need to have a pi & setup going by 9/9
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Re: Current state of online Dreamcast games

by jay_red Tue Feb 07, 2017 7:03 pm

IrishNinja wrote:
jay_red wrote:I would love to get a small group of you guys to get a regular DC online game night going, we have plenty of games to choose from. I am willing to build the Line Voltage Inducers for the members that do not feel comfortable making them.


still really appreciate this whenever you get around to it, man! i totally need to have a pi & setup going by 9/9


totally spaced on this for you, I see if I have the parts on hand to make one, if not I will shoot for one this weekend!
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Re: Current state of online Dreamcast games

by bladerunner Tue Feb 21, 2017 6:49 pm

Wow I was just thinking of seeing if there was a way to play AFO these days and found this. I will definitely be investigating the DreamPi.
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