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Old 03-29-2005, 09:09 AM   #1
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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.

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Old 03-29-2005, 09:16 AM   #2
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you're main point of call is http://linmodems.org lucent chipsets generally work pretty well uinder linux, so you should be fine.
 
Old 03-29-2005, 10:35 AM   #3
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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?
 
Old 03-29-2005, 12:37 PM   #4
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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.
 
Old 03-29-2005, 02:25 PM   #5
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Okay, thank you very much. This is the one I'm looking at currently

http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProduc...factory=BROWSE

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

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Old 03-29-2005, 02:49 PM   #6
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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.
 
Old 03-31-2005, 02:54 PM   #7
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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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