Re: usefullness of netbeui

Marty Leisner (
Wed, 20 May 1998 12:25:02 PDT

> On Wed, 20 May 1998, Marty Leisner wrote:
> > There's been discussion of how useful netbeui is.
> > I recently read a column in one of the free rags (PC Week?)
> > where the writer discussed having win95 machines
> > directly hooked up to the internet.
> > If that's the case, you don't want to export shares via tcp/ip,
> > because others could wreck havoc on your machines (since
> > Netbeui is non-routable, its fairly safe).
> > This sounds like the best use I've heard for netbeui (you
> > purposely want a non-routable protcol).
> Yes, but can you choose the protocol the shares are using? I
> don't think so. If the (Win95) server has both TCP/IP (which
> it must have, if it is 'hooked up to the Internet') and
> NetBEUI installed, the shares can be accessed both from a
> TCP/IP-only client and a NetBEUI-only client.
> Johan Myreen

Yes, you can "bind" server to only netbeui...

The article gave instructions to disable the server binding on tcp/ip.

I'm working from a position of not what I would do, but
what other people would do (I work for a vendor).

We have Netbeui streams stacks on printers we build which are incredibly
complicated. I'm considering doing some work to get netbeui into
linux to see how complicated it has to be...

The Feynman problem solving Algorithm
        1) Write down the problem
        2) Think real hard
        3) Write down the answer
                Murray Gell-mann in the NY Times

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