Flyer Internet Modem
5/16/2013 – The Flyer is currently out of stock and unavailable for sale. I don’t have an ETA on new shipments right now unfortunately.
Please contact me if you have any questions or would like to be notified when the Flyer is once again available.
And as always, thanks for your interest!
Bring your Commodore computer into the internet age with Flyer, the combination internet modem and disk drive emulator for Commodore 8-bit computers!
Flyer provides both IEC and IEEE-488 interfaces and supports a wide range of Commodore computers, from the PET to the Commodore 128. Once connected, Flyer provides you with two new peripherals - an internet modem and a disk drive emulator which currently supports D64, D71 and D81 disk images. While no additional software is required to use Flyer, it includes a useful configuration program built in (loaded from the Flyer itself) which allows you to easily configure network settings, cloud server configurations and more.
Flyer allows seamless loading and saving of programs and disks to websites which support Retroswitch's cloud server protocol. It even provides the flexibility to develop your own custom solutions utilizing Flyer's built-in support for HTTP and TCP protocols.
Flyer includes 3.5MB of flash memory for storing disk images locally. You can also create new disk images on the fly, and either discard them when finished or upload them to the cloud to save them for future use. You can easily switch between locally stored disks using the button on the Flyer.
Firmware updates are safe and easy. A simple LOAD command will update your Flyer to the latest firmware release over the internet. If anything should ever go wrong, the Flyer includes a recovery procedure which will reset the device to the exact state it was in when you first received it.
- Dimensions - 4 7/8" x 3" x 7/8" (WxDxH)
- Interfaces - 2 x IEC, 1 x IEEE-488, 1 x Ethernet RJ-45
- 8 x 2 character backlit display (removable).
- Power supply - 2.1mm power jack, center positive. 9VDC 1A recommended.
- Front panel button for easy selection of disks and other options.
The cloud server is a standalone application which allows you to serve disks and programs to your Flyer over your local network.
As of version 1.0.3, the cloud server application is now available for windows, Mac OS X and Linux (Ubuntu tested) platforms!
Download Windows Version
Download OS X Version
Download Linux Version
Flyer Telnet is a telnet client custom written specifically for the Flyer.
It supports 40 and 80 column ANSI emulation as well as a 40 column "pass-through" terminal ideal for connecting to telnet bridged Commodore BBS servers!
Flyer Telnet is currently available for the Commodore 64 (and Commodore 128 in C64 mode) only. Native ports for the Commodore 128 and 16K+ PETs are planned for the future.
Download Now (PRG for Commodore 64)
You can also load the telnet client directly from your Flyer by issuing the following LOAD command:
Flyer IRC is an irc client custom written specifically for the Flyer.
It features an 80 column display and includes basic features such as line wrapping and a channel member list. It currently supports only one active channel at a time.
Flyer IRC is currently available for the Commodore 64 (and Commodore 128 in C64 mode) and 80-column PET/CBM only. Native ports for additional machines are planned for the future.
You can also load the irc client directly from your Flyer by issuing the following LOAD command:
load"http:retroswitch.com/programs/irc64",7 or load"http:retroswitch.com/programs/ircpet",7