Thanks for all the responses.
Ok, so PPPoE, is PPP over Ethernet, which is the base medium.
I had some other issues with the router, the wireless side has been
dropping for no reason. To resolve this I decided to make use of my old
wireless router, a netgear model which supports PPPoE.
So I changing the Eircom supplied ADSL modem / wireless to use a bridged
mode. I then enabled PPPoE on the netgear.
This seems to have done the trick! - My Debian box now seems to have
>From the emails I received from you guys I'm assuming that the root
cause of the original slowness was the difference in DNS settings.
Thanks again for you help !
>On 2/11/06, Michael Christopher Woods <woods.mc at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>>I gave up in the end and ran the PPPOE tool 'pppoeconf', and entered the
>>default user name / password provided by Eircom. My net connection now
>>seems better. But I'm confused, has the connection improved because I
>>changed the MTU settings ? or because the PPPOE demon is running? - I
>>don't know much about PPPOE. Have I done the right thing my running
>>pppoeconf and setting that up ?
>>>>>>I never had an eircom DSL setup but there was a thread a short while
>ago about slowness in Eircom's DSL setup on Linux, which seemed to be
>related to the /etc/resolv.conf on the machine pointing to the DSL
>router DNS rather than the eircom ones. Any chance that could be the
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