Shiva/Kinetics FastPath 4 & 5 Information Page

Welcome! This page contains information about the Shiva/Kinetics FastPath 4 & 5 AppleTalk to Ethernet router/bridge hardware.

While major updates to this page continue as new information and software are discovered, a lot remains to be done here.

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.

WARNING: All information on this page is provided for use on an "at your own risk" 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 page!

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)

Pictures Of FastPath 4 and FastPath 5R Hardware, inside and out
(not suitable for low bandwidth or heavily metered connections!)

Further Reading (mostly via Google Books)

  • Mention of a Shiva FastPath 5R (with prices, whee!) in Computerworld's June 22, 1992 issue.
  • 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 mentioned (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"

  • "Kinetics FastPath 4 gateway ties LocalTalk, Ethernets" by Laura DiDio in the July 18th, 1988 issue of Network World.

  • "Support 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 link below.

  • FastPath 4 & 5 related files via Phil Budne's archive (FTP). Local copy to be added sometime.

  • FastPath 5 Announcement Letter

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