On Thu, Jun 21, 2007 at 01:02:23PM +0200 or so it is rumoured hereabouts,
Brian Foster thought:
>> 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”.
This probably means that your line is close enough to an exchange for ADSL
to work. The modem will come with a line filter which filters out the
high frequency ADSL signal from the ordinary phone.
> 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?
As mentioned, I would suggest that you confirm that the modem has an
ethernet port. Then, you only need an ethernet card for the PC (and
almost all of these are supported natively).
> (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!)
For most modern ADSL modems, configuration / diagnostics are done via a
web interface. Just point your browser at http://192.168.1.1 (or
something similar) and log in to configure. If your PC ends up with ip
address xxx.yyy.zzz.n, it's likely that the ADSL modem will have ip
address xxx.yyy.zzz.1 .
The other thing you need to know is how to translate the helpdesk windows
based scripts to what you need to do in linux.
> 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!)
Buy a network card for the PC and insist on a modem with an ethernet port.
> 4. I am currently running SUSE 9.1 (for which updates
> no longer seem to be available ;-\ ), which has
First download should be the ISOs for Suse 10.2...
> 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.
Turn on an iptables firewall with pretty much "maximum" security on. This
will make your box invisible to the net but will let you out. I don't
know how to configure this in Suse but it's possible that there's a Yast
module for it.
Conor Daly <conor.daly at cod.homelinux.org>
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