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savio_mit_glug 11-22-2005 08:15 AM

How do I set up BSNL Broadband with a USB router?
Respected Linux Lovers,

I'm actually a newbie here.

Last month, I managed to successfully get BSNL Dataone running on FC3 in my uncle's computer at Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.

That connection used a Huawei SmartAX M1800 Router connected through the Ethernet card.
I actually didn't have to do any configuration except at the Installation Stage, where I entered the following:

IP address:
Subnet Mask:
Default Gateway:

DNS IP addresses:

After that, I was able to access the broadband without a hitch.
<I have already reported this at the "Success Stories" forum.>

Now, I'm home for my semester hols. and I would like to get broadband running on FC3 at my house at Nagercoil, Kanyakumari.
The problem is that we are only the 9th customer in my hometown to take the broadband connection and since everyone else has MS Windows, the technical helpdesk is not able to give me any help for Linux configuration here at home.
They have not stored the username and password in the modem (as is done in Chennai). Rather, the tech. setup a dial-up bridge to dial-up the broadband connection instead of the usual "always-on"broadband.
To top that, the router they placed at home uses the USB port to connect and not the Ethernet card.
Also, when I contacted the help desk, they told me that since there are only a small number of customers using Dataone at Nagercoil, they
support only the dial-up bridge and they added that if I store the username and password in the router itself, it would not work. (I tried storing them and sure enough, Internet did not get connected! )
When I looked up the LAN IP properties in Windows, I found that the computer has been setup to automatically get IP addresses and the DNS server IP addresses instead of assigning , etc..
One Linux guru I know at Chennai told me that USB Router devive driver support is not plentiful for Linux.
I am now going to install FC3 at my home PC.
I wish to know what to enter at the stage when it asks me for IP addresses, DNS IP addresses etc. .
If anyone knows how to setup broadband using a USB Router, please reply and help me.
I'll be grateful for your help.
The Router they have given us at Nagercoil :

Sterlite Huawei SmartAX M1882 USB Router
10 MBps Lan cable was used to connect the router to the CPU.

WAN Settings:

PVC Number: PVC-0
WAN type: RFC2684Bridged
Connection type: Pure Bridged
VPI/VCI: 0/35
Encap: LLC
Default route: Enabled

DNS Settings:

DNS Status: Enabled

DHCP Settings:
DHCP Server: Disabled
Starting IP address:
Ending IP address:
All other settings are default factory settings.
I was told that the modem comes preconfigured and the technicians who setup the home connections never enter the modem.
In fact, I was scolded for "meddling with" the modem settings when I phoned them and asked for help!
I'm sorry if my post is too long. It's just that I wanted to clearly outline the problem.
Thanking you in advance,

Yours in the Linux spirit,

ankscorek 11-29-2005 12:57 PM

just select DHCP

Darin 11-29-2005 04:56 PM

If the "modem" is set to bridged mode and the connection uses "dial-up the broadband" then what you probably need to do is set no IP settings on the eth0 adapter and configure pppoe. This will create a ppp0 interface that will have the IP settings when it is all set up. I belive rp-pppoe comes installed in the default FC3 install, you can search either here on or The Internet in general for information on setting up PPPoE or specifically Roaring Penguin PPP over Ethernet.

ankscorek 12-01-2005 08:07 AM

Darin what about Slackware 10.2 and vector Linux

Darin 12-02-2005 10:24 AM


Originally posted by ankscorek
Darin what about Slackware 10.2 and vector Linux
Slack comes with RP-PPPoE, I'm not sure about vector linux, but I imagine there are many ways to get in on there including possibly an optional package on an 'extras' disc, some third party package, or there is always compiling from source.

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