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Old 02-19-2013, 05:54 PM   #1
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How to set up Slackware for high-speed internet


I just got high-speed internet with Comcast, and have a Windows box connected. But, I prefer running Slackware but I don't know how to set up a connection for high-speed cable. Do I use PPPoE, set up the network card, or just what? Some advice would be much appreciated.
 
Old 02-19-2013, 05:57 PM   #2
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I just plug the wire straight to my pc and all just works. I assume you are talking cable modem? I have my cable modem connected to a router and router to pc and all is well. Nothing special unless you have an odd network card.
 
Old 02-19-2013, 07:57 PM   #3
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Can I assume that some contractor came out to your home and installed it? If so they may have set up windows for you also. Look at the way it connects for clues to setting in up in linux.

Many people now have high speed internet and tend to have a modem set as the connection point. All settings in the modem would be on some web based config. Some of the important things may need to be printed out for later disaster.

Usually your connection inside the most is a NAT where the modem offers all config to the client computers via dhcp and usually points dns to the modem (gateway).
 
Old 02-19-2013, 08:33 PM   #4
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If you don't have one, get a router. Here's a good intro to home networking.

Slackware should be ready to accept a network connection without any additional configuration, as long as you ran the network configuration item in the Slackware setup routine and set it as DHCP. If you did not do that or set it for a static IP, you may need to do more.

You can learn more about Slackware networking at this link:

http://www.slackwiki.com/Network_Configuration
 
Old 02-20-2013, 08:56 AM   #5
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I just plug the wire straight to my pc and all just works. I assume you are talking cable modem? I have my cable modem connected to a router and router to pc and all is well. Nothing special unless you have an odd network card.
Yes, cable modem. Thanks, that's what I have read--in some cases. Other threads I've read tell me to use PPPoE or set up the NIC card. That's why I asked.
I too will be using a router which I have on order since I have at least 4 computers in operation at one time.
I'll just plug the Slackware computers in and go for it. (I'm only using a Windoze computer at the moment since I had to upgrade to a higher speed processor in order to post photos on selling websites that require Flash 11.2.xxx.xxx and a local guy had one for a good price I could use immediately. Otherwise, I wouldn't have a windoze box around. As soon as it starts acting crappy like most windoze computers do, it'll get Slackware installed.) (Hopefully, I don't have an odd network card(s).)
Thanks again.
 
Old 02-20-2013, 09:14 AM   #6
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Can I assume that some contractor came out to your home and installed it? If so they may have set up windows for you also. Look at the way it connects for clues to setting in up in linux.

Many people now have high speed internet and tend to have a modem set as the connection point. All settings in the modem would be on some web based config. Some of the important things may need to be printed out for later disaster.

Usually your connection inside the most is a NAT where the modem offers all config to the client computers via dhcp and usually points dns to the modem (gateway).
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Yes, the Comcast guy came out, installed the outside cables and the inside cables and set up the windows computer (since I don't have a router yet. They would only offer a wireless router and I don't want wireless (physical condition prevents wireless use.) He did all the setting up and didn't explain anything to me. I could see that it is a web based config. though.
I did mention that I usually run Linux so have no idea how to set up a windows computer, so he just took over the keyboard and did it. Considering what I've heard about most cable companies, they don't have a clue about Linux anyhow and couldn't tell you how to do anything. So, I didn't ask for technical details. I figured I would get those details here from the knowledgeable people.
I did some research and found out how to hook up the modem and router for several computers.

Thanks
(Posting from a windows computer---oh god, that's embarrassing! )
 
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Old 02-20-2013, 09:28 AM   #7
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If you don't have one, get a router. Here's a good intro to home networking.

Slackware should be ready to accept a network connection without any additional configuration, as long as you ran the network configuration item in the Slackware setup routine and set it as DHCP. If you did not do that or set it for a static IP, you may need to do more.

You can learn more about Slackware networking at this link:

http://www.slackwiki.com/Network_Configuration
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I am getting a router.
When I installed Slackware, I didn't do any networking setup since I was running all computers individually (not networked) on dial-up and just setup ppp after installation. Since I didn't do that, what more will I have to do? That will be explained in the link you gave I hope.
Thanks for the networking link. I'll read that.
 
Old 02-20-2013, 09:34 AM   #8
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Honestly, all you should really need to do is plug in the network cable and turn your computer on. This is especially true if you've set Slackware up to use Networkmanager or Wicd, but it probably is even if you haven't.
 
Old 02-20-2013, 08:36 PM   #9
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Using a router provides a bit more protection for your computer, since the direct IP address of the computer is not exposed to the internet. It also allows you to control in the router, not just in your firewall, what ports are open and closed to the internet, as well as network your computers, printers, and other devices together behind the router.

It does not replace your computer firewall, but it does supplement it.

It will also enable you to have multiple computers connecting to the internet without having to play musical cables.

In my little home network, I have a wireless router and two four-port switches that I've accumulated over the years, as it has grown.

Good luck. Enjoy networking.
 
Old 02-25-2013, 09:41 AM   #10
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It should just work.

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Honestly, all you should really need to do is plug in the network cable and turn your computer on. This is especially true if you've set Slackware up to use Networkmanager or Wicd, but it probably is even if you haven't.
Thanks. I haven't received the router just yet. When I do I'll report back.
 
Old 02-25-2013, 11:21 AM   #11
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Hi. I use comcast cable (24 Mbps) and it's great. if you dont set up your network through netconfig you should simply be able to do dhcpcd eth0 from a console and slack will light up.
that assumes you have only 1 ethernet port and your ethernet cable is plugged into it. you can use pkgtool>setup>choose scripts to run again>netconfig>use dhcp (set host name to whatever makes ya happy). slack will set up your net easily provided there are no harware problems.
ipconfig /all from a windows box will give you dns server info, gateway etc. if you have to manually enter parameters windows will provide it all. hsd1.somestate.comcast.net will likely be dns suffix. as everyone else has stated, it should "just work" out of the box but if you didn't configure network parameters during set up, it might not
 
Old 02-25-2013, 04:37 PM   #12
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Thanks for the addes info.

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Hi. I use comcast cable (24 Mbps) and it's great. if you dont set up your network through netconfig you should simply be able to do dhcpcd eth0 from a console and slack will light up.
that assumes you have only 1 ethernet port and your ethernet cable is plugged into it. you can use pkgtool>setup>choose scripts to run again>netconfig>use dhcp (set host name to whatever makes ya happy). slack will set up your net easily provided there are no harware problems.
ipconfig /all from a windows box will give you dns server info, gateway etc. if you have to manually enter parameters windows will provide it all. hsd1.somestate.comcast.net will likely be dns suffix. as everyone else has stated, it should "just work" out of the box but if you didn't configure network parameters during set up, it might not
Thank you for the additional info.
 
Old 03-02-2013, 03:20 PM   #13
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Call it solved!

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Thank you for the additional info.
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ibmercurial,
Slack is up and running on cable now. I simply did a dhcpcd eth0 and it connected just fine. Thank you so much for your help.
 
  


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