Category Archives: Raspberry Pi

A2CLOUD: what you need

To use A2CLOUD, you need various things. Here’s a video to show you what goes where, followed by your shopping list. (Don’t pay much attention to 2:00 through 6:00, as it’s now much simpler to set up A2CLOUD than when I made the video.)

Places to purchase are linked:

 

If you want simultaneous virtual drives and internet access from your Apple II:

 

Optional items:

 

If you have a straight-through serial cable rather than a null modem serial cable, and you are using a IIgs or IIc (no Super Serial Card), you can use a DE-9 (aka DB-9) male-to-female null modem adapter.

If you have a Super Serial Card, its jumper block needs to point towards “Modem” if you have a null modem cable, or “Terminal” if you have a straight-through cable. (Or, if you are using it with a Raspberry Pi console cable, that acts as a null modem cable, so reverse the jumper positions described here.)

 

(A note about the USB-to-serial adapter: there are lots of different brands and models of these. The only ones I have ever tested, including the TRENDnet model linked above, are those based on the Prolific PL2303 chipset. Other models based on other chipsets such as FTDI may also work; I just haven’t tried them.)

A2CLOUD: intro

Hello, and welcome to A2CLOUD! It provides any Apple II — even a IIc — with internet access, mass storage, and floppy disk transfer, via a Raspberry Pi, a tiny silent $35 computer. You can also use A2CLOUD with other Linux computers or virtual machines; click here for details.

This web page is the user guide; just read the posts in order. The table of contents is over on the right. You might want to start with the intro video below. (For other ways to use your Raspberry Pi with your Apple II, check out A2SERVER, and Apple II Pi, both part of Raspple II.)

5-May-15: A2CLOUD 1.8.1 is available, featuring compatibility with every Raspberry Pi including Raspberry Pi 2 Model B and Raspberry Pi 1 Model A+, and non-Pi users now get the GSport emulator. If you already have A2CLOUD installed, type a2cloud-update to update, or start over with the Raspple II easy installation method (or upgrade Raspple II with a2cloud-update os). The complete version history is here.