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the_clown 03-29-2005 09:09 AM

modems and linux
A friend of mine is still stuck with dial up and is wishing to use linux. The problem is I have no experience with modems on linux at all, so any help would be greatly appreciated. Currently he has a winmodem (came with his HP, possibly lucent), but getting a new one is not a problem (and if there will be no configuration with a new one, it would be much easier). Thanks in advance.

acid_kewpie 03-29-2005 09:16 AM

you're main point of call is lucent chipsets generally work pretty well uinder linux, so you should be fine.

the_clown 03-29-2005 10:35 AM

What I need is something someone can install/configure who is very new to linux. Plug and play would be nice, do any such devices exist?

kevinatkins 03-29-2005 12:37 PM

An external serial modem is what you want for easiest setup. As long as you make absolutely certain that you buy a proper 'hardware' modem (steer clear of USB), it's just a case of plug in and configure the internet connection. If an internal modem is absolutely necessary, proper 'hardware' items are available, but you'll need to speak to a vendor who knows what you mean, or make sure you do some research.

Getting software modems to work can be a nightmare.

the_clown 03-29-2005 02:25 PM

Okay, thank you very much. This is the one I'm looking at currently

What do you think? (I noticed one reviewer said it worked under linux). Thanks!

kevinatkins 03-29-2005 02:49 PM

The modem you've looked at should probably do the job - I checked the pictures, and one shows a standard serial cable, so all should be fine. Bonus is the positive review from a Mandrake Linux user - I think you can buy this item in confidence.

If you install an easy-to-use distro such as Mandrake, SuSE, or similar, setup will be easy using the built-in tools. You won't need the driver CD provided with the modem.

the_clown 03-31-2005 02:54 PM

Got the modem in today, and everything works great on gentoo, slackware, fedora, and debian. Many thanks guys, I'm sure my friend will appreciate it as well. Cheers.

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