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Old 04-30-2004, 03:52 PM   #1
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Fedora Core 1: How do I get Bellsouth aDSL and Westell Wirespeed to work?


First of all, let me apologize for any ignorance shown, as I wasn't sure if this was the correct forum to post under.

I installed Fedora Core 1 on my machine and cannot connect to the internet. I am using Bellsouth's FastAccess aDSL with a Westell WireSpeed A90-210030-04 modem.

I want to share my internet connection, so the modem is connected to me via USB and I will be connecting my computer to another via ethernet (direct PC to PC using a cross-over cable).

If I check my hardware, Fedora shows that it recognizes a Westell modem. I tried running the Internet Connection Wizard for xDSL, but I cannot find the Westell modem there.

I am sorry for being so vague, but I do not know where to start.

Thank you for your help!
Old 05-01-2004, 06:30 AM   #2
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I have the same thing but use a card,can you use a card?also did not need to set up the modem I think it will set up it self as we are already on the bell south network,david let me know if there is any thing else you need to know I will try to help,no expert but have been learning along the way
Old 05-01-2004, 11:41 AM   #3
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is USB your only option for connecting the modem to your box? i have more experience with cable modems, but i would assume that the same things apply when trying to bring the connetion up between your box and the modem.

if you are not running USB 2.0 hardware, you might run into some problems due to the architecture of USB 1/1.1. the older versions of USB use a pulse signal to communicate between devices, the connection is not always powerd up. problems arise when one of those pulses does not occour, and the connection between devices is lost. some of the time, the pc side of the connection can restart, but not 100% of the time. USB 2.0 uses a different 'always powered' signalling scheme. so you dont run into so many problems.

you could also run into problems if the firmware of the xDSL modem is upgraded [from the CO]. this happens if you are using a cable modem. under windows, you run into problems with the USB drivers for the modem after firmware upgrades. the only way to fix it is to upgrade your windows drivers for the modem. this may not be an option, as your ISP may not be keen on telling you what firmware they are running, and new drivers may not be avalible for linux.

USB is not all that grand for networking under any os. you might want to look into getting something with an ethernet connection if avalible. dont have to worry about potential USB issues this way. ethernet = reliable.
Old 05-01-2004, 08:58 PM   #4
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I think I'll have to use an ethernet connection to the modem. I just wanted to share my connection with my bro's computer, so USB was the easiest way in this circumstance. Guess I'll have to buy another card to network the two computers.

I'll come back and let you all know how it went, but just wanted to thank you for the replies!


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