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  • 64NIC+ with top case removed
  • 64NIC+ with top case
1.70 Ounces
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Product Description

Your Commodore 64/128 machine can join the growing ranks of Internet capable systems by installing the 64NIC+ Ethernet interface. 64NIC+ offers inexpensive Ethernet connectivity and more. Based on the Crystal CS8900 10 megabit Ethernet interface engine, the interface emulates the popular RR-NET solution as well as the NET64 and TFE systems.

Designed by RETRO Innovations and previously sold as a fundraiser for the the Cincinnati Commodore Computer Club (CCCC), 64NIC+ allows the Commodore user to experience online connectivity in true 8-bit glory.  Play online Ethernet games, telnet to your favorite BBSes, Twitter from your Commodore!

In addition to Ethernet capabilities, the system also includes an optional on board ROM socket that can be loaded with up to 16 cartridge images.   With the appropriate ROM, the 64NIC+ can autoboot and load your favorite games and utilities via TCP/IP, no disk drive required.

Main features include:

  • Self contained functionality. No pieces to disconnect
  • 10 Mbit Ethernet connectivity
  • RR-NET compatibility
  • C64 and C128 compatibility

Technical Features include:

  • The ubiquitous RESET switch!
  • Onboard optional ROM socket for autoboot functionality
  • ROM socket can accommodate up to 256kB ROMs
  • Optional rotary switch can select 1 of 16 ROM images
  • Cartridge can be configured to reside in either IO1 or IO2 address spaces
  • Cartridge can be configured to reside in any 16 byte address bank within the IO address space.

Upgrade options include:

  • 16 position rotary switch:  This can be used (with an appropriately programmed EPROM) to select 1 of 16 ROM images.
  • 2Mb (256kB) Blank EPROM: Program your favorite ROM images into the EPROM and use the optional rotary switch to select each image

Units come with a 30 days return policy and 1 year warranty. More information on configuration and software downloads is available at www.go4retro.com/products/64nic/.

Note: Unit ships without an enclosure.  Feel free to select an enclosure from our various color selections.

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  1. Arrived just in time for Hack Day! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 28th Jul 2016

    Compiled Contiki browser, added my IP config, plugged in the interface card, booted the C64, loaded the d64 from SD2IEC, was connected to Internet. That easy. This is an exceptional addition for any C64!

  2. Browse the internet with a c64! :) 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 30th Jun 2015

    Yeah, what could be better than browsing the internet with a c64.

    You can download the contiki OS for the c64 from here:

    or from here:

  3. Works flawlessly 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 13th Dec 2014

    The card works with all C64 ASSYs without any problems. It costs the half of a RR-Net MK3 which doesn't work in all ASSYs and has less functions. I am from Austria, the product was sent from America which took about 2 weeks, and you don't have to pay customs.

  4. Surpassed Expectations. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 4th Jul 2014

    Works unbelievably well. Very impressed! I'm online with BBS's, chatting away playing MMO's, all through my Commodore 64. Great product. Looking forward to more toys from Retro Innovations!

  5. No More Long Distance Charges! Awesome 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 22nd May 2014

    Thanks to Retro Innovations, my c64 is now accessing hundreds of BBS systems around the world via the internet. This was only a dream back in the 80's ($$$). Nostalgic computing is back and is much more economical. This product was simple to install and works great with Kipperterm2. It is virtually plug and play. The good ol' days are back! Well worth the money.

  6. 64NIC+ is Outstanding. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 22nd May 2014

    I recently received my 64NIC+. I plugged it in, turned on my C64 system, loaded Kipperterm 2 and logged into my shell account at sdf-eu.org in VT100 configuration. From there I read email with the Pine mail reader and surfed the web using Lynx 2.8.8. I also checked out the Links text browser as well. Wuhu! Full service text based internet. No ads, no popups, no unnecessary graphics. Just news and information.

    Will be checking out Gopher, BBS's and IRC in the coming days. I am looking forward to it.

  7. Reconnected 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 25th Mar 2014

    I've rekindled my love for my real C64 hardware. I've been using KipperTerm to connect to a few BBSs as well as using the VT100 emulation to telnet into a server at work to monitor some things I do day to day. For the past couple of years I've been making use mostly of emulators, but now there's a lot more reason to have the real machine turned on.

    Thanks for the quick shipping. I did choose to get the case, which I'll have to dremel out the cutouts. I also make good use of the uIEC I purchased from here a while back.

  8. Works wonderfully! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 26th Feb 2014

    After 32 years, my Commodore 128 (in C64 mode) on the internet, surfing the web in the limited way it can, sending email, etc. I never thought I'd see the day.

  9. Really amazing 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 10th Feb 2014

    I have only used network capability by now, it is fantastic! I had transferred d64 images to 1541 disks from a PC running Windows 7 and I made backup copies of my original 1541 disks to the same PC. All over the local network, using c64nic.d64 software! Also, using contiki C64 become a web server or a web client! This is a must-have product for C64 funs!

  10. An internet-enabled C64? Yes, please. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 6th May 2012

    I bought this on a whim, I confess. I was more than pleasantly surprised when I received it. The hardware just works. The software available for download ranges from amazing (Contiki!) to OK (some of the chat programs). Here's the ting, though: You're not buying this expecting a huge load of 5-star software. You're buying it because you love hacking on the C64. This network cart is exactly what you need / want if you're going to be playing with the internet on a 64.

    It can emulate both "standard" interfaces (RR-net and another one I can't remember), it can work on a 128 (I have not tested), you can map it to quite a few different memory locations, and you can install an option ROM if you so desire (Though you're on your own there - there are no pre-made cart ROMS for this).

    If you buy the case, be aware that you will need to cut the holes out yourself. This isn't really an issue, but you will need a dremel or similar cutting tool.

    Here's where things get REALLY interesting: There are two (2!) BASIC extensions available for download. KipperBASIC and BASIC on Bails. Bails allows you to write http-server BASIC programs, while KipperBASIC lets you easily write generalized client / server software. Fantastic way to get familiar with the hardware.

    In short, this is a great network cart. It does exactly what it was meant to do, and then some. Community support for the RR-net standard is strong. More software is being developed / modified daily. You can easily write your own software.

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