[lug] no cable access, what about DSL?

RADKE JOSHUA PAUL radke at ucsu.Colorado.EDU
Wed Mar 8 09:32:33 MST 2000


I've only been watching this list for a couple of weeks, and _finally_ I
think I may have something to contribute to the list *sigh*.

I got DSL a little over a year ago from USWest (it may have been longer
ago, I don't remember) , and received a Cisco 675 with it.  As a result,
any insight refers only to that setup.  (BTW, I can agree with all of the
frustrations with USWest, the only helpful guys I could find when I was
setting it up were in Arizona).  At any rate, the Cisco has 2 'modes',
bridging and PPP. As far as I can tell, the only thing your computer sees
on the other side of it is 'normal' ethernet communications (i.e., what
your NIC wants to see) . I required no additional drivers, but did need to
set the Cisco up from my computer, which is a simple com port connection,
so I don't see any problems using it with a LINUX box. 

What mode you use will be dependent on your ISP - i.e., I use WebAccess
and have the modem in bridging mode, but when I first got my service, it
was only working with USWest (go figger) and used PPP.

Finally, when I installed RedHat 6.1 (first linux install, so go easy on
me *grin*), I had some problems with the DHCP client (pump) which was
easily fixed by using dhcpd instead.  The long and short is that the DHCP
client is the _only_ thing that needed attention.

I hope this was at least a little helpful,


On Tue, 7 Mar 2000, Aaron Hayden wrote:

> Here's something that may answer your questions Michael,
> http://www.control-escape.com/dsl.html.  Found it with a quick Google
> search.
> Another option is AT&T DSL.
> (http://www.ipservices.att.com/ipaccess/dsl/index.html) They offer symmetric
> DSL versus USWEST's ADSL.  I just wanted to let everyone know because SDSL
> availability has a greater radius than ADSL.  AT&T offers speeds of 384 Kbps
> and 768 Kbps for the cheap option (one IP).
> By the way, I don't subscribe to DSL because I'm just too damn far away.  If
> anyone from USWEST pays attention to this list: Get on the ball and roll out
> the service to 55th and Baseline.
> -Aaron Hayden
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: lug-admin at lug.boulder.co.us [mailto:lug-admin at lug.boulder.co.us]On
> > Behalf Of Michael J. Hammel
> > Sent: Tuesday, March 07, 2000 4:50 PM
> > To: Boulder Linux User's Group
> > Subject: [lug] no cable access, what about DSL?
> >
> >
> > The cable service to my apartment doesn't support cable modems, so I have
> > to go with some form of DSL.  What are my options here?  I've looked at
> > USWest's page, though it goes out of its way to say they don't support
> > Linux (which doesn't suprise me - they barely support POTS).  I've also
> > looked at Covad, Jato and Rhythms.  All of them appear to be able to
> > support DSL to my home (probably all through US West, unfortunately).
> >
> > How does this external modem work?  I mean, once I get it, I plug it into
> > the phone line (and add those microfilters to my voice lines) and then
> > run an RJ45 from the modem into a NIC in my Linux box, right?  I
> > turn on the
> > modem, and I'm online?  The modem, I take it, acts as a router?
> > What kind
> > of NICs can I expect from any of these services?  Is there a DSL HOWTO or
> > is this really pretty straight forward?  I'm just paranoid about ordering
> > the service only to find some stupid Windows specific crap that
> > won't work.
> > I don't have any Windows stuff ("...and it'll be a cold day, blah
> > blah"), so I
> > can't boot into Windows to configure the modem, if thats one of the
> > requirements.  Is configuring the modem necessary?  If so, how do you
> > configure the modem?  Telnet into it?
> >
> > After this, I guess I can then set up my Linux box with
> > firewalling and as a
> > gateway for the rest of my home LAN.  Can someone tell me if this is about
> > right.  Also, let me know if you have any preferences with DSL providers.
> > If I go with USWest I can stick to my ISP (Dimensional), but I
> > know some folks
> > here have gone with Flashcom and Peak2Peak (I think thats their name).
> > --
> > Michael J. Hammel                               The Graphics Muse
> > mjhammel at graphics-muse.org
> > http://www.graphics-muse.com
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