The Internet Adaptor (TIA) and CUSM

Geoff Rehn (
Wed, 17 Aug 1994 15:21:53 -0400

Hi everyone!

I had a nice buzz the other day from who emailed me late at
night his time and we both did a CUSM 1-1 via SLIP, from our homes. Thanks Dan!

Anyone checked out this truely amazing The Internet Adaptor (TIA) from, that provides SLIP (emulation) through a standard unix
login shell? Yep, that's right - TCP/IP access without a standard SLIP or
PPP or whatever connection, just via the usual plain old unix serial login.
Amazing stuff. I've spent today getting the 21 day evaluation/trial host
version up and running on our Sun Sparc unix box, All
the usual TCP/IP applications work very nicely: Mosaic, WS-FTP, Eudora,
HGopher etc.

But not CUSM unfortunately. And I guess it won't as TIA uses a proxy/dummy
IP address, not a real one.(eg.

I had to check but no luck of course. I put the and a local host
name in my hosts file. CUSM (on the PC) started fine (no gethostbyname
errors) but any attempt at a connection lead to a "no response" message from
all reflectors I checked.

Oh well ... I didn't expect it to work under TIA at all but it would have
been great if it had... but I wonder if CUSM could be fooled into at least
being a lurker?? Any ideas anyone? Buckley's chance?

Those of you suffering from plain unix login shell connection, I recommend
checking out TIA at

Regards everyone
Geoff R.

Geoff Rehn
Lecturer, Educational Technology
Academic Service Unit Murdoch University (UUCP)