Welcome! This page
contains information about the Shiva/Kinetics FastPath 4 & 5
AppleTalk to Ethernet router/bridge hardware.
major updates to this page continue as new information
and software are discovered, a lot (still) remains to be done here as
of late 2017. Though our focus here is on the FastPath 4 and 5
and resources for the FastPath II and III hardware should probably be
preserved and would also be much appreciated. (Was there a FastPath I?)
Yes, there are still people using FastPath hardware to this very day. In July 2018, Tim Colegrove of Boston sent in a picture (larger,
warning 2+ MB!) of his Macintosh Performa 6220CD connected to the
Internet with FastPath hardware. Perhaps if there is interest, I will
create a "FastPath Gallery" featuring user-submitted pictures of people
utilizing the FastPath hardware.
One piece of
information that has yet to be posted concerns the creation of
customized FastPath 5 ROM images for use in a FastPath 4. The author
describes this as making a sort of "FastPath 4+".
Should you have corrections, contributions or just wish to get
in touch for whatever reason, you can always send
e-mail. Unlike some, I try not to be difficult to reach.
All information on this page is provided for use on an "at your own
basis. I cannot and will not be held responsible for any results that
come from your doing anything that is mentioned or inferred from this
Pictures Of FastPath 4 and FastPath 5R
Hardware, inside and out
Frequently Asked Questions
Take It Apart & Put It Back Together
Configuration And Setup (Quick and
Dirty, but better than nothing!)
Software You Need (for FastPath 5)
Software and Resources (for FastPath 4)
(not suitable for low
bandwidth or heavily metered connections!)
Reading (mostly via Google Books)
of a Shiva FastPath 5R (with prices, whee!) in Computerworld's June 22,
- Shiva Corporation announces
bundling of various software packages with FastPath 5 hardware in the
December 9th, 1991 issue of InfoWorld magazine. For what the FastPath
cost when it was new, I'd certainly hope so...
- FastPath 5R hardware is again
(with prices for single and dual unit models!) in Network World's May
18th, 1992 issue. Network World claims that the FastPath family
hardware (maybe a FastPath 4?) is "notorious for cluttering wiring
closets and overheating when stacked"
FastPath 4 gateway ties LocalTalk, Ethernets" by Laura DiDio in the
July 18th, 1988 issue of Network World.
for the Shiva FastPath",
now seemingly unavailable at its original host for whatever reason. I
couldn't find any way of contacting the author to ask why the original
link gives a "forbidden" message. The download links at this page most
probably weren't preserved when the Internet Archive captured it, but
you can try them as the directory listing does show up. You can
probably find all the files that were available at this page via the
- FastPath 4 & 5 related
files via Phil Budne's archive (FTP). Local copy to be added
- FastPath 5 Announcement Letter
- FastPath 4 Advertisement
- FastPath II and III models were mentioned
as being available for purchase (hopefully it's obvious that such is no
longer the case in the present day) in the July 1988 issue of "U-M
Computer News". A FastPath II was priced at $1,625 when equipped for
use with an Ethernet transceiver ("AUI") cable. FastPath III models set
up for use with "thin" (10base2, coaxial) Ethernet were priced at
$1,787.50. Also mentioned are Kinetics IP and Columbia Appletalk
- The Computer History Museum
has a FastPath 4 Administrator's Guide in their collection.
Unfortunately, it does not appear to be available for download on the
page where it is mentioned.
Last Updated: 09/03/2018. Previously
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