[plug] broadband with linux
wolfbite_aus at yahoo.com
Sat May 17 11:15:15 WST 2008
Only 1 rule
Dont get a usb modem
Any Ethernet Modem will work out of the box for ANY distro
if running a lan, then you would already know if your network card/mb works or not.
If its a stand alone computer then you'll have to check if your eth/mb works.
Usually only a problem with newer m/b networks
(keep an old eth card for those times your m/b eth is not reckonised, install distro, update distro, and usually newer eth will be reconised.
then remove old eth and your in action
but you've probably heard all this by now :)
Dem N <dn.whatever at gmail.com> 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 I'd like to keep it to under $30 a month. I could get a Vista laptop, but I'd 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 DSL with bundled VOIP ($50 combined with phone; my usual phone bill is $35 so that's just $15 for good broadband). I've checked with them, and my line is compatible with naked DSL, so there's no problem there. The only thing holding me back is really that (1) Is it definitely Linux compatible? I'm using Fedora Core 4, but could upgrade to Fed 7 if needed. (2) They have 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?
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?
Dem Nisbet. _______________________________________________
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