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Broadband Adapter
Manufacturer: Sega
Made for: Sega Dreamcast
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Dreamcast
JP
¥? HIT-0401
Sega Dreamcast
US
$50.00 MK-50176


The Broadband Adapter (ブロードバンドアダプタ) (commonly abbreviated to BBA) and known as the Dreamcast Link in Brazil, is an accessory released for the Sega Dreamcast. It is a replacement for the built-in Dreamcast Modem, allowing games to benefit from faster internet connections.

Hardware

Sega's decision to incoroporate 33.6K or 56K modems into their Dreamcast consoles was based on the theory (later proved true) that most internet users during the late 1990s and early 2000s would be using dial-up connections to get online. However, some had access to faster broadband connections which are incompatible with the standard modem, so the broadband adapter was released to compensate.

Two versions of the device were were released released:

  • HIT-300: "Dreamcast LAN Adapter" (ドリームキャスト・LANアダプタ) - this version used a Fujitsu MB86967 chip and supported only 10 Mbit speed, and is only thought to have been released in Japan.
  • HIT-400: "Broadband Adapter" (ブロードバンドアダプタ) - the more common model. This used a Realtek 8139 chip and supported 10 and 100 Mbit speeds.

No such adapter was released in PAL regions, however the peripherals are not region coded, so an American adapter will function in a PAL system.

The broadband adapter theoretically fulfils the same functions as the standard modem, but is able to perform tasks much quicker, as more bandwidth is available through a broadband connection.

List of compatible games

While the Dreamcast Modem is compatible with almost all online Dreamcast games, the Broadband Adapter is only compatible with a subset of the library, owing to the need for developers to explicitly support the device and its late arrival on the market. The games it does support will theoretically run better with a Broadband Adapter than a standard Dreamcast Modem, but if the priority is compatibility, it is not the best option.

Physical scans

Dreamcast, US
BBTop.jpg
BBBack.jpgBBSide.jpgBBFront.jpg
BBBottom.jpg
Cover
BroadbandAdapterInstructionManualU.pdf
Manual
Dreamcast, JP
DCBroadbandAdapter JP Box Front.jpg
Cover
Dreamcast, BR
DreamcastLinkDCBRTop.jpg
DreamcastLinkDCBRBack.jpgDreamcastLinkDCBRSide2.jpgDreamcastLinkDCBRFront.jpgDreamcastLinkDCBRSide1.jpg
DreamcastLinkDCBRBottom.jpg
Cover

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