The Internet made me aware of protocols link TCP, IP, HTTP and the like. Netmedia developed the Siteplayer SPK1 Developers Kit which promised an interesting start into a functional pre-configured web-server. It is based on a 80C51 core-type P89C51RD2HBBD processor and has aRTL8019 Ethernet controller with a LF1S022 RJ45 Filter. For mor detailed information see www.siteplayer.com/docs.htm
The basic design was quite nice, but not the right platform for fiddling with the associated software, which was kept closed.