Ask Max: Internet connectivity on your Macintosh Performa 5200CD
I have a Macintosh Performa 5200CD and I would like to have Internet access on it. Can you please tell how I would go about doing this?
I can only hope the Performa will not be your primary connection to the internet. Many modern websites require web browsers that will not run on that computer. That being said you can get a 5200CD online with a few upgrades.
If you are going to use a dialup Internet account, it's going to be as easy as buying a Mac serial 56k modem. Your 5200CD has two serial ports that will support modems and printers. I would encourage you to upgrade to Mac OS 9.1 before trying to connect new hardware. Otherwise you might have extension and compatibility issues. Now if you have a Broadband Internet connection then you will need a router to share the ethernet cable with multiple computers. Getting a 10BT Ethernet connection may be a little harder. You will need to find an LC slot Card for the 5200CD. You'll probably need to go to eBay to find one, as the few companies that made them have long since discontinued production. It will probably cost you $15 to $50 for the card but you could easily find it for less, just keep searching.
Good luck getting this working but I would recommend finding a web surfing alternative.