Re: ADSL Support

Subject: Re: ADSL Support
From: Iain Stevenson (
Date: Tue Mar 20 2001 - 02:14:51 MST

on 1/1/04 12:45 am, Dennis Staiger at wrote:

> The cable modem needed is connected using Ethernet (RJ-45). Supported?

If it's a cable modem it's not ADSL! You've got Ethernet so at least that
should be easy physically to connect to your linux box. Here in the UK, BT
offers two ADSL services:

- one uses USB and requires special drivers (not yet available for Linux
although Alcatel plans to release them soon)

- the business service (which I have) has a "router" which has Ethernet
interfaces. Configuration of Linux consists of setting up the default route
to point at the ADSL router. However, the ADSL router does not forward
incoming traffic so one can't host an externally accessible site on it

In the US, many cable modem (and ADSL?) services require the use of a PPP
over Ethernet (PPoE) driver. This can be downloaded and installed from
links already mentioned in this list.

Given the range of alternatives you need to find out a bit more about the
equipment your service provider uses - then someone will probably be able to
give you detailed instructions.


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