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I'm ordering an Ethernet Shield for a project I have planned, but before make the investment, I want to make sure the project will work. Eventually it will communicate with a website via ethernet, but I was wondering if I could test this through my PC, using it simply to route page requests, so that I can easily adapt it for the ethernet shield.

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I'm not sure if the Arduino can do it, but you can look at the possibility of implementing SLIP. It's designed to layer TCP/IP over serial communications.

You can configure a PC as the SLIP server, for the device to login and route packets through.

Edit: Turns out there's an Arduino SLIP library that does that exactly!

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  • \$\begingroup\$ That does look like my best option. I tried it out but I couldn't get it to show up on my network, and I can't ping it. My PC is running Ubuntu, and I followed the instructions. I don't know what went wrong. \$\endgroup\$
    – tyjkenn
    Jul 13, 2012 at 18:38
  • \$\begingroup\$ can't help you there as i dun use the arduino. however, SLIP is the technique used. \$\endgroup\$
    – sybreon
    Jul 14, 2012 at 3:01

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