> A lot depends on your hardware. If it only connects via USB then it's a matter
> of getting a driver for that hardware for Linux. If that is the case, tell the
> list what the hardware is and somebody may well have already got it going.
It's a Zyxel Prestige 623 ADSL router with both USB and Ethernet connections. But I've changed from USB to Ethernet because I foresaw potential drivers problems with Linux.
>> However, as part of their current free trial offer for broadband, the hardware
> IOL provides is from Zyxel and has Ethernet AND USB connections, and in fact
> they recommend using the Ethernet connection.
Yes, it's a Zyxel DSL router. I picked up an Ethernet card from PC World a couple of days ago and I'm currently using that ok under Windows.
>> If you have such hardware, or something else which has an Ethernet connection,
> then it should just work - simply connect it to your computer's network card
> with the supplied cable, and use Mandrake's control panel to configure the
> network card using DHCP (which means that the broadband hardware will give the
> PC and IP address and other necessary information).
I was expecting it to pick it up automatically through the Ethernet connection because when I switched from the USB to Ethernet, WindowsXP didn't even blink at me, the connection just worked. Mandrake seems to recognise the network card no problem, but I don't know if I've tried tell it to use DHCP, I'll tried that and see what happens.
Thanks for the response.
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