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Old 01-28-2009, 08:41 AM   #1
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Question AT&T/Yahoo DSL

I have AT&T/Yahoo DSL service running on XP, but not on Linux yet. Here's what I've done so far:
  • Installed AT&T/Yahoo DSL on XP using the CD that came with the modem. I'm using it now.
  • Ran pppoe-setup on another machine, which is running Vector Linux.
  • Selected standalone-workstation mode and no nameserver. Is the nameserver specified automatically, or is there an AT&T/Yahoo nameserver the system needs to know about? I haven't seen one mentioned anywhere.
  • Created an empty /etc/resolv.conf after pppoe-start reported an error trying to cat it because it didn't exist. Does resolv.conf need to be writable by other than root?
  • Gave pppoe-setup my username (including domain) and password on Yahoo.
  • Pulled the local IP address, subnet mask, and default gateway off of Control Panel -> Network Connections -> Local Area Connections -> Support on XP.
  • Pulled the ethernet cable out of the XP machine and plugged it into the Linux box.
  • root:# ifconfig eth0 up netmask
  • root:# route add default gw
  • ifconfig says eth0 is up and running.
  • ping is finding
  • pppoe-start says "...................TIMED OUT" and exits.
  • In debug mode, pppoe-start says it sent one PADI packet, received one PADO, and sent the same PADR three times before exiting.

Does anyone know how to get this system running? I still don't understand it all that well.

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Old 01-28-2009, 10:38 AM   #2
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Well, you can't just yank the Ethernet cable out of one machine and plug it into another -- ain't gonna work. You need to shut the modem off, plug the Ethernet cable from it into your Linux box, turn the modem on and wait until it syncs (all the lights come on).

Then, read though the stp-by-step instructions in /usr/doc/rp-pppoe-3.10/HOW-TO-CONNECT and you might do better.

You should put this in /etc/resolv.conf -- these are the addresses of AT&T's nameservers:
search com
Let me make a suggestion; it looks like you have more than one machine and a good solution for you might be a router. The router connects to your modem (and handles the connection) and your computers connect to the router (so you can use the same internet connection with more than one machine at a time). I can recommend a Linksys 4-port router as a good bet -- if you've got $50-$60 (maybe less) and a BestBuy or similar retailer in the neighborhood, that might be a better solution for you than switching cables from machine-to-machine (it's what I have to run three computers and a network printer). The set up is a lot simpler and life becomes easier.

Hope this helps some.
Old 01-28-2009, 11:02 AM   #3
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ATT dsl didnt take any setting up on my system, just plugged in the computer to the 2wire router plugged in the router and when it was ready started iceweasel and I was online.

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I would use a router as well.. if your 2wire DSL modem doesn't have a router built in, go buy one.. it will make your life so much easier.
Old 01-29-2009, 08:49 AM   #5
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It works now

Well, the connection is up. I'm on the Linux machine right now. The modem doesn't have an on/off switch, but it doesn't seem to mind the ethernet cable being unplugged and plugged back in. It's a Motorola modem I got from AT&T with the DSL service.

I finally noticed the "Details" button in the Windows LAN control panel, and it said the nameserver is, ie. the gateway. I redid pppoe-setup as a standalone with that nameserver, and now my browser works.

Actually, it may have worked earlier for all I know. I didn't check it, because pppoe-start was timing out. The strange thing is that it's still timing out, and pppoe-status says there's no connection, even though there is. I wonder if the modem is doing something automagically that the pppoe software doesn't know about.

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