On Thu 16 Aug 2007, Brian Foster wrote:
> about six weeks ago I asked a set of naïve questions
> about switching from a 56K dialout straw to ADSL for
> my SUSE 9.1 system.
> three followup questions ...
>> for assorted reasons, I've only now gotten around to
> looking into the matter of a network card for my PC.
> today, locally, I found three different PCI cards,
> all using the RealTek RTL8139 chip, a chip YaST2
> lists as supported: the “Ovsilink EVO 8139 ITX”
> (a bargin at 10€), and some fairly anonymous units
> by “Heden” and “Bluestork”. baring information to
> the contrary, I'll probably try the “Ovsilink” (all
> three units to their credit, list Linux as supported).
I never found an ethernet card that did _not_ work with Linux
I have two RealTek cards that work perfectly.
I think I got them at PC Peripherals on Exchequer Street
for about 10-15 euro each.
Incidentally, don't all computers nowadays have ethernet built-in?
> 2nd, a possibly trickier question: it's a c.12 metre
> cable run from the phone socket to the computer.
> should I go for a 10m cable from socked to ADSL modem
> (and then a 5m(?) cable to the computer), or visa-versa
> (5m to the modem and 10m to the computer)? the latter
> would position the modem in an inaccessible location,
> so I'm inclined to go 10m phone-modem and 5m modem-PC.
I'm not an expert at this, but don't you have to put a "splitter"
on the phone line somewhere, to split computer and phone(s)?
In my case, Eircom fitted the splitter box themselves.
The splitter has a line attached to the modem;
which in my case is about 2 metres long.
I don't imagine the distances you are talking about would matter,
in any case.
> 3rd, my (current) test plan — prior to arrival of the
> modem — is to use my printer (an HP 6180) as the peer.
> is there any difference between a cable (cat 5,
> I presume?) that connects PC-printer to one connecting
I assume all ethernet cables are equivalent.
Incidentally, some older ADSL modems use PPPoE,
which inolves painful work under Linux.
Hopefully they are extinct.
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