Originally Posted by g3xhp
Many thanks for your kind responses.
I am currently using a Sagem Fastex 800 modem (not router/modem) through ethernet cable but intend to go to a modem router with desktop on ethernet and laptop on wireless.
The fact that Mandriva has "Wizards" to configure ASDL is useful. I have asked for a Ubuntu distro but will now look for a Mandriva distro.
Thanks again for helping a complete novice.
I used to have that modem with tiscali, it was absolute junk, i've got a d-link router/modem now and it works perfectly, no special configuring in Linux (well, IP etc, or it can use dhcp).
Also i'd advise you not to mention to tech support you are using Linux OR a different device to the sagem, they are the most clueless tech support ever and all you'll get is "we don't support that" or "Linux doesn't have the internet"