| Date: Mon, 19 Apr 2004 12:02:14 +0100
| From: Gavin McCullagh <ilug_gmc at fiachra.ucd.ie>
| My parents are going to France for 7 weeks and are bringing
| a laptop. They intend getting a phone line in and using
| email, the web etc. I've to set up the second-hand blank
| laptop tonight/tomorrow. I've been talking to them and
| think I may go with linux for them.
| I need to setup a simple dialup for them. Several list
| members are based in France. I wonder is there a free
| service I can register online and setup before they go.
no idea. the free service I have used (`free.fr',
who seem quite reasonable) required a snail-mail address,
presumably in France, to which is sent yer password and
CHAP secrets (which is all you need), and a CD with some
Windross junkware. you could _try_ registering an Irish
snail-address, but I'm rather doubt it would work; and in
any case, it'd take a week or more for the package to arrive.
| I'd like to actually set it up and connect once or twice
| by trunk call so I _know_ it works. They just need the
| connection, email will be already sorted.
| * Are the phone lines the same as Ireland or do they need
| some sort of adaptor?
you need an adaptor. the French telephone connectors
look like they were designed in the 19th century; they
are a massive T-shaped gizmo the size of yer thumb.
I got my adaptor in a computer shop, but presume they
are available elsewhere --- I've never really looked.
( when are yer parents leaving? it occurs to me that
if it's not for c.2 weeks or more, then I should be
able to get one and snail-mail it to you in time;
price is a beer or two whenever we can meet up.
please reply OFF-LIST. )
|[ ... ]
| * Would there be a linux howto or documented ppp settings
the PPP settings should not differ between Ireland and
France (excepting, of course, CHAP secrets, but that's
an ISP/security issue, not a country issue).
you should set the DNS stuff (nameserver), and maybe a
if you use wvdial(1) that should handle the login chat
stuff, albeit you might have to tweak a setting or two.
and that's it?
oh... for some modems, you might need to set the country
(not quite sure what this does, but I think it adjusts
for things like different ring signals; I have _not_
done this, and haven't had any (known) problem).
also, assuming things will go wrong, you may want to
think about how you will remotely debug/fix the problem
(which I assume means talking to yer parents on the
phone --- which, assuming they one have one line,
also means they couldn't actually try things whilst
you are on-voice).
| Many thanks in advance
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