[plug] broadband with linux

Arie Hol arie99 at ozemail.com.au
Fri May 16 23:55:58 WST 2008

On 16 May 2008 at 3:04, Dem N wrote:

> plug question:
> Hi, I'm researching broadband, because I'm getting a little tired of
> dialup, and I'd like to know what people would recommend.
> Basically I want about 1G at any broadband speed (I'd prefer cheaper to
> faster) with shaping (I want to ensure there are no excess fees), and 
> like to keep it to under $30 a month. I could get a Vista laptop, but 
> rather use Linux, so compatibility with Linux is virtually a must, and
> support, if possible, would be good, though it looks like no one offers
> this.
> So far, the best deal seems to be iinet's package of 2Gb (peak) naked 
> with bundled VOIP ($50 combined with phone; my usual phone bill is $35 

I cannot help you with the voip part of your question, but I currently 
have have an account with iiNet (Ozemail) for $39.95 per month I get 1 Gb 
peak and 1 Gb off peak.

I expect that the ADSL part of the package would be the same as what 
iiNet offer on all existing accounts.

I can get up to 24 megabits/sec - but I keep mine choked down at 8  
megabits/sec - so my quota lasts a bit longer.

> that's just $15 for good broadband). I've checked with them, and my 
> is compatible with naked DSL, so there's no problem there. The only 
> holding me back is really that (1) Is it definitely Linux compatible? 
> using Fedora Core 4, but could upgrade to Fed 7 if needed. (2) They 

I recommend you buy a four port modem/router, configure it according to 
the iiNet requirements and then install Fedora 8 - it will detect your 
router and setup DHCP - and your internet access will/should be up and 
running with no extra effort.

> an irritating way of doing phone messages (it sends a .wav file to your
> email address). Has anyone had any experience with iinet's VOIP, using
> their own (non-iinet) VOIP phone with an answering machine, and does it
> work?
> Also, can anyone tell me of any decent rival offers?

I have been with iiNet(Ozemail) since 1998.

I have been on the lookout for a rival offer from others ISPs for quite a 
while, but so far have not found an equivalent service - I would only 
ever have considered Westnet - but now they are part of iiNet anyway - 
and I expect that they will soon be offering the same packages as iiNet.

iiNet also give access to a freezone for downloads that does not affect 
your monhtly quota.

> Also, no one seems to provide an installation CD for Linux. Is it
> technically difficult to install broadband, and roughly what does it
> involve? Are there any websites that give good general guides to this?

No such thing as an installation disc for broadband on Linux - it is not 
needed - just set up you PC as a DHCP client - enable DHCP on your 
modem/router -  the rest is history.

> regards,
> Dem Nisbet.

Regards Arie
 For the concert of life, nobody has a program.

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