[lug] Covad and IDSL

Dhruva B. Reddy sledgehammer2010 at yahoo.com
Mon Jul 30 08:13:23 MDT 2001

I have trouble believing that you *have* to run their software to get set up
(unless, of course, you're dealing with AOL).  You should be able to get the
network settings from your ISP and go from there.  Basically, if you are given a
router with an ethernet connection, it shouldn't matter what OS you run.

Just because an ISP doesn't support Linux doesn't necessarily mean that you
can't do it--usually it means that calling tech support is a bigger waste of
time than it would normally be.

Unless Covad has made changes that I am unaware of, Covad is not an ISP.  They
simply provide the DSL, then it is up to an ISP to actually connect you to the
internet (give you the IP address, etc).  Can someone explain this better than
I can.

You may also want to try http://www.dslreports.com, if you haven't already.


On Mon, Jul 30, 2001 at 07:56:56AM -0600, Terry Branaman wrote:
> My ISP is dropping their DSL support. My phone line doesn't qualify for DSL,
> so I have IDSL. Covad will supply me IDSL, but they don't support Linux;
> they say that I need to run a program on Windows 9x or NT/2000. My
> questions:
> 1) Has anybody had any experience with IDSL and Covad? Can it be made to
> work with Linux (I don't have any trouble with Firstworld, who use Covad as
> the carrier)?
> 2) Does anybody know of another, Linux-friendly ISP in Arvada for IDSL? I
> have seen a link where you can research ISPs, but I don't remember what it
> is.
> 3) Can anybody recommend a good alternative (e.g. some form of wireless)? I
> want to host a small personal web site on my server, so I need an ISP that
> doesn't forbid that.
> Thank you in advance for your help!
> Terry Branaman
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