This is a detailed instruction manual on how to connect the SEGA Dreamcast online via BBA (Broadband Adapter) through a private host server in this case Sylverant. First what you'll need is obviously a SEGA Dreamcast, PSO(Phantasy Star Online) Ver. 1 or 2, a BBA(Broadband Adapter), and an ethernet cable. You will also download a boot disc that bypasses Sega's Hunter's License check which was used during the days Sega hosted PSO servers during Seganet or Dreamarena..
Step 1 : First download this cdi image and burn it to a cd-rom disc via imgburn or nero.. The cdi can be found in this link
Step 2: Get your Dreamcast and items prepared, the first image contains PSO. ver 1 & 2 left to right
** This is the BBA compared to the standard 56k Phone line adapters in the DC **
** The BBA finally installled giving LAN 10/100 mb per sec download speeds great connection for todays online **
Step 3: Next is a crucial setup to the game, first load up PSO and create a character. Enter the CD keys located in the disc case; afterwards head back to the main menu and go to the website link on the main menu, make sure your BBA is connected so the DC will auto detect the online method.. Here is where the next image will detail the correct input methods to get the DC connected successfully to the Sylverant server.
**After this step save and exit back to main menu**
Step 4: Power off the DC and replace PSO disc with the Sylverant PSO patcher cdi image you burned earlier; power on the Dreacmast and you will be prompted with this image.
**Where it says insert a gd-rom that means insert a Dreamcast game in this case PSO**
**After inserting the PSO disc it will do a boot check and give you a few options, I just select option A**
Step 5: The finale, after the game loads up.. Select continue or new game and when prompted to connect online or offline select online.. You will have to read a few disclaimers and you will connect online shortly. Select the ship you wish to connect to, each ship is a different server host such a PSO Palace or Sylverant..
Welcome to Dreamcast online, thanks to the guys at Sylverant we can still enjoy the world's first online console through their private hosting. If you're interested check out http://sylverant.net/ and join the community of PSO players, you can always check out http://dreamcast-talk.com/forum/news.php to set up online meetings with fellow Dreamcast players. Also keep up with latest Phantasy Star Online 2 news at http://www.pso-world.com/ ... I hope I helped or gave you guys something interesting to read today..
**Special thanks to Zisbest for giving me encouragement to make this thread**
I hope you enjoy my Dreamcast collection, Keep the Dream alive.. It's still thinking.
** Zisbest's maginificent Dreamcast collection ** UPDATED Thread - 7/7/2014
** The (PAL - blue swirl) Dreamcast itself with a little bit of Phantasy Star Online Ver.1 action in the background **
** Finally my personal favorite, the knockout 1-2 punch of Shenmue and Shenmue 2 **
** Thank you again to Zisbest for allowing me to post his DC collection and also for persuading me to make this thread**
** Also thanks to everyone who enjoyed this thread and voted!! **