paul at clubi.ie wrote:
> On Thu, 16 Aug 2007, Timothy Murphy wrote:
>>> I never found an ethernet card that did _not_ work with Linux
>> (unlike WiFi)
>> Wifi support is much better these days. Still have to be check out
> what you're buying, but.
>> Just buy Intel, hey presto.
>>> Incidentally, don't all computers nowadays have ethernet built-in?
>> Many yes. And laptops all have wireless.
No, just most.
>>> 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)?
>> No you don't have to, if you don't intend to use voice. Otherwise, if
> you forget the splitter, then you'll hear the screech of DSL (you can
> only hear the very bottom of the DSL band) when you put handset to ear
Modems and faxes and such without a DSL filter upset the DSL signal
>>> I don't imagine the distances you are talking about would matter, in
>> any case.
>> Flat-ribbon telephone cable, that's the common kind for indoor,
> telephone extension cable: Yes it matters..
>> Use twisted-pair (Cat-3 or up) if you want to run more than a few
> metres and want to avoid problems. Definitely use twisted-pair for
> multi-metre runs.
>> I assume all ethernet cables are equivalent.
>> No they are not. ;)
4 main kinds. Google/Wikipedia CAT5 wiring. Normal device to
Switch/Hub cables all use the kind I described earlier that has one
pair split either side of a central pair and a pair each side. Straight
through cables must be wired like that or longer runs won't work.
>>> Incidentally, some older ADSL modems use PPPoE,
>> which inolves painful work under Linux.
>> a) Is supported fine on Unix systems, and has been for ages (nothing
> painful about it really)
> b) Is how Eircom deliver their wholesale DSL
PPPoE is hidden by the ADSL modem/NAT/Router. Unless you are doing your
own OpenWRT based Router SW you don't need to worry about it. Even then,
it's standard on OpenWRT
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