LANtastic Z

Lantastic is an easy to use, low cost networking system targeted at small networks and home users. It was very popular and highly rated in the early 1990s. Unlike most LAN networking software of the time, Lantastic required only installation and minimal, straightforward, configuration. Lantastic gives users the ability to share printers and files on a hard drive or CD-ROM. It is considered a "peer-to-peer" network, as there is no need for a dedicated server. Any computer may be configured as a server as well as a client. Lantastic was also very memory efficient, using minimal DOS memory in both workstation and sever modes, enabling users to run most popular DOS applications while Lantastic was running. Lantastic supported Ethernet, ARCNET and Token Ring networks. Artisoft also sold networking kits that included both network adapters and the Lantastic software. Lantastic was avaialble for DOS, Windows, and OS/2. At the time it competed against Novell Netware Lite, and many other small LAN oriented products.

Release notes

LANtastic Z is a special version of LANtastic that does not use a LAN card. Instead, the hardware consists of a supplied serial cable (called a null modem cable) to connect the serial ports of two computers, plus a special parallel cable in case you prefer to connect the parallel ports of two computers.

This product is based on Lantastic 5.0.

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Download name Version Language Architecture File size Downloads
Artisoft LANtastic Z (1993) (3.5-720k) Z English 467.51KB 0


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