Welcome to the retronetworking project. This project aims at collecting information about old, now mostly defunct (and hence retro) networking technologies. Back from the days where not everything was Ethernet, and when there was a plethora of LAN, MAN and WAN technologies around.

This is very much a work-in-progress, started by laforge with his collection of related equipment and the work to put it all into operation. Contributions are extremely welcome.

We're using this redmine project management system as it provides a way to collaboritively share information in this wiki, as well as the issue tracker to keep track of tasks.

NOTE: This page can be reached directly via the shortcut URL

Child Projects

Some topics have a sufficiently independent scope so that it made sense to create redmine sub-projects for those. Each has its own wiki and issue tracker.

Name Description
bbs-revival Dial-up to BBSs via analog modems and ISDN
octoi Osmocom TDM over IP

Getting in touch

IRC Chat

We have started a #retronetworking channel on - If you don't know much about IRC, feel free to use the provided webchat interface


We now have a Retronetworking Forum on - feel free to register an account, introudce yourself and join the discussion.

Monthly video conference

We have a monthly video conference meeting, see RetroNetCall for more details. It's public, anyone can join without restration, and of course free of charge.

Mailing List

We now have a (rarely used) public mailing list for discussion among interested parties. The list has a public archive (in case of doubt it's better to use the Forum)


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