The following questions are almost certainly naïve,
but I'm rather clewless about the details. (My own
expertise and experience are in very difference areas;
about all I've ever done with “networking” is plug in
the cable and check that the lights are blinking (well,
not quite, but it might as well be all I've ever done
except in some very specialist/unusual areas).) Hence,
any pointers/introductions would be appreciated, in
addition to answers/suggestions.
For various reasons I'm still using dial-up. This is
very silly since ADSL/broadband is readily available
here in Montpellier. So I've finally started seriously
looking into getting a sensible service; one motivation
is a new(?) ISP here in Montpellier, www.teleconnect.fr
who also happens to be geared towards (English-speaking)
ex-pats like me. (I've only _just_ started, hence the
naïveté of some(/all?) of these questions!)
I currently have no interest in running a server; ATM,
my desire is just to replace the dial-up access (albeit
I want to keep the dial-up functional as a backup).
1. What is an “eligible line” (mine apparently is)?
The implication seems to be that all I have to do
is hook up the (supplied) modem to the existing
POTS line, and it “just works”.
2. The supplied modem is a (currently unknown) WiFi
unit. I will be asking for details of this unit
(and its Linux compatibility); what should I be
looking for, and/or asking?
(I note that, according to the (downloaded) contract,
Linux is not (listed as) supported. That does not
worry me (should it?), except if they insist Windross
must be used for diagnostics / upgrade / installation
or whatever, which is a non-starter: I *** REFUSE ***
to run M$ shiteware. 100% ABSOLUTE REFUSAL!)
3. I presume I need some sort of a WiFi transceiver
connected to the Linux box. At this point, I am
completely lost; I've no idea even exactly what
it is I need, other than _something_ since my box
has no networking connections of any kind at the
present time. (Yes, it's that old!)
And how would I test the whatever(s?), _prior_ to
receiving the WiFi modem? I.e., how could I confirm
that the Linux peer seems to be Ok?
4. I am currently running SUSE 9.1 (for which updates
no longer seem to be available ;-\ ), which has
been selectively patched. Are there any (known)
issues with WiFi / Q3 answers and this admittedly
old release? (To-date, I've never had a very good
reason to upgrade; i.e., “ain't broke ...”).
(I _think_ SUSE 9.1 supports WiFi; it has (just)
occurred to me I haven't actually checked .... !?)
5. One of many obvious Big Differences between dial-up
and ADSL/broadband is the “always on” nature of the
later. That clearly means my box will be much more
likely to be attacked and/or compromised. Currently,
I am using SUSE's Personal Firewall package(s?), and
also do not (intentionally) open up any services to
the outside world.
I presume that's a reasonable start, but additional
measures are probably wise. (I have used tripwire(1)
in the past, but never really got it tuned sufficiently
to not flood me with noise.) I am aware many possible
suggestions can be made here; with the exception of a
“separate firewall machine” (not possible ATM), what
are, say, yer top five-ish suggestions?
(I am aware WiFi itself has additional issues.)
6. And (w.r.t. Q5), how to I confirm/test that whatever
I do does what it should do, is useful/necessary, and
is not itself an (inadvertent?) problem?
7. And (w.r.t. Q5 and Q6), besides keeping an eye on
the logs and for “strange behaviour”, what should I
do try and detect attacks / compromises, especially
those which have “succeeded” (in part or in full)?
8. The service comes with a voice telephone service,
which appears to be VoIP (I will ask); I don't think
I give a damn about this since I use my mobile for
voice calls, but is there anything in particular I
should watch out for and/or ask?
9. Does anyone have any experience / suggestions about
the provider? (Good or bad.) They are apparently
associated with someone called “Budget Telecom”;
what about them?
(The service itself is 20M/s(?), with an implied
but unstated (up?/)download limit; I don't _think_
I care about either point. Or should I?)
(I've no idea if the IP-address (IPv4 I assume)
is static or dynamic (I will ask). But again,
I don't think I care (ATM, anyways). Or, again,
should I care?)
10. What am I not asking that perhaps I should be?
I apologise for the length and naïveté (and probable
typos! ;-\ ). Please keep in mind I'm only starting
my research, so “RFTM”-type replies just restate what
I'm concurrently doing. Again, pointers/suggestions
are very much appreciated!
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