[lug] cable modem network topology

Mr Viggy LittleViggy at alum.manhattan.edu
Sat Jul 20 09:01:31 MDT 2002

Nope.  My boss is familiar with dial-up, and that's the first question I 
asked him.  He said it's not a dialup connection.  Also, if it were 
PPPoE, the cable modem itself would establish the connection, not each 
individual machine.

He said that the client installs an NDIS3 driver (my words to explain 
his description).  That doesn't sound like PPPoE to me.  I use PPPoA for 
DSL, and it's your standard Windows dial-up connection, nothing special.


Sean Reifschneider wrote:
> On Fri, Jul 19, 2002 at 06:34:16PM -0600, Mr Viggy wrote:
>>I don't know about this area, but my boss (Portland, OR) has an external 
>>modem, but says that he needs to run some kind of "client" s/w on all 
>>the machines that access the Internet...  And, the modem is conencted 
>>through twisted pair!
> Many cable companies use PPPoE, which requires particular client support.
> Basically, your computer is establishing a PPP session over the ethernet
> port when you turn it on.  Effectively, you have to dial that connection,
> etc...  It's a kind of weird way of doing it, IMHO, but supposedly Linux
> supports it.
> It sounds like that's what your boss is using.
> Sean

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