This is a draft. It has been one for years. But since miracles do happen, why not re-visit this page occasionally! If you find anything that is wrong or could be expressed better, please don't hesitate to let me know.
If you need help with getting the Ethernet drivers installed on your Newton, for example because
you do not have the serial adapter that goes into the Newton's interconnect port, please click here for info about the NewtonTalk card lending service (in preparation).
Well, connecting an Apple Newton MessagePad or eMate to the Ethernet is not exactly self-explanatory. For some models it is not possible at all. If, a long time ago, I hadn't come across the
Ethernet section of Victor Rehorst's excellent Newton Resources website (which unfortunately is no longer available), I would probably still be trying to figure out how to connect my Newton 2100 to my Macintosh at home and my printers at work.
It might save you some time if I convey the bad news right at the beginning. If you are looking for a way to get Ethernet connectivity for your Original MessagePad (OMP), MessagePad 100, MessagePad 110,
MessagePad 120 or MessagePad 130, you are out of luck. Ethernet connectivity requires version 2.0 of the Newton Internet Enabler which, unfortunately, is only available for Newton OS 2.1. Which, even more
unfortunately, will only run on the Newton MessagePad 2000, the Newton MessagePad 2100 and the eMate.
Just for the record: Whenever I mention "Newton" on this page from now on, it means "Newton 2000, Newton 2100 or eMate".
1: Installing mandatory drivers