Embedded Netsock - A DOS-Compatible UDP/IP Stack

In the desktop PC world, networking is the big black hole. Servers, clients, protocols, services, adapters, addresses, etc. Highly trained network administrators spend weeks trying to get functions to work. This network administration work is challenging - and frustrating. But the benefits of networked desktop PCs are so great, that, to date, this large expense of time and money has just been accepted. But, as corporations bemoan this significant expense, Microsoft and others have tried to address the underlying issues. Some aspects of recent releases of Windows NT are driven by the recognition that this expense is becoming exorbitant.

But don't be fooled into complacency - desktop networks currently demand extensive setup and configuration. You may reduce it, but it just doesn't seem to go away.

Embedded systems, while needing to tap into the vast resource of desktop PC networking technology, cannot have on-staff networking experts ship with each unit. These computers are buried into systems without an operator, and the networking must be made to require less setup and configuration. Neither the designer, the installer, nor the user of an embedded system should be forced to be a networking expert. So, what's to be done?

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