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Old 04-19-2001, 07:46 AM   #1
noel
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Aside of the fact that I've little or no knowledge of networking- I don't need it cause I'm not running one nor using one. However the ISP howtos fail to make any distinction between single user ISP connections and network ISP connections.I've no networking modules installed-Do I need them?I should think not. Also, where exactlyare the configuration lines written?After the hash marks? How are these files edited?
I've no such file in /etc called HOSTNAME.Tried to follow this step x step but because the HOW TO references modules and files that do not exist on my system,I undid all changes and backed out.I don't know what's going on here.The more I read the less sense it makes. ISP DNS server? I have no clue what this address is.

[Edited by noel on 04-19-2001 at 07:49 AM]
 
Old 04-21-2001, 10:21 PM   #2
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DNS stands for Domain Name Server, it is what determines web addresses like http://www.linuxquestions.org from its registered IP address. Without them, you wouldn't be able to type http://www.whatever.com, you would be typing 24.160.24.48 or something of that matter. Make it really hard to remember web site locations and names.
Oh, if you need DNS ip addresses to connect to your ISP, they should provide you with that info.
 
Old 04-22-2001, 12:02 AM   #3
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Noel,

Yes, you need the networking modules. Why? Because as soon as you connect to your ISP you become part of a network. I went through the same thing myself.

As far as your PPP problems:

http://linuxdocs.org/HOWTOs/PPP-HOWTO/index.html

Don't worry about your hostname. I've read in your other posts that you are connecting via modem, so it doesn't apply to you. If you change to DSL, then you'd need it.

A hostname file would be used in a true network situation and there are several machines. You could configure a file (let's say /etc/hostname.le0, which would be an ethernet connection, with a hostname of noel) that places the name of your machine out on the network connection. That, combined with a proper entry in your /etc/hosts file (123.456.789.123 noel), would identify you to the rest of the network by both IP address and name. In this situation you would need to configure at least three separate files in your /etc directory in order to connect. But luckily you don't have to mess with that in PPP.

But when you connect to your dial-up ISP, you are only identified as an IP number. Chances are the ISP will dynamically assign your IP address, which means that you'll have a different one each time you connect. It doesn't care about what your machine "name".

As far as configuration files go, you shouldn't have to worry about manually configuring any. If you are trying to connect with kppp, then the configuration will be taken care of within that shell.

Try:
http://www.linuxnewbie.org/nhf/intel/modems/kppp1.html

It will step you through everything you need to know about connecting with kppp.

As far as not needing to know anything about networking because you aren't "running one nor using one", that's not true. You are using one. And having a basic understanding of how it's set up will help your troubleshooting down the road.

Good luck. Hopefully you get the modem working in Windows.
 
  


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