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Old 02-27-2004, 06:46 AM   #1
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Question Linux and ADSL Router - sharing with Windows

As a total newbie to Linux, I recently decided to take the plunge and bought an old Compaq EN desktop with PIII, 256Mb RAM, 10Gb HDD, 10/100 NIC and installed Fedora onto it. Fedora went on easily enough, (the only problem being that it can find the on-board sound card).

Anyway, I also have a Windows XP system which is connected to a Draytek 2600 ADSL router. The connection to the ISP is all handled by the router. The router also functions as a small switch and handles things like DHCP,etc. XP and Linux boxes are both connected with 100Mpbs NIC cards. The intention being to get some communication going between XP and Linux at some point for a project at college.

I can connect to the internet from the XP box without any issues at all.

However, I want to set this up so that I can also connect from the Linux box. After firing up Mozilla I can get to the router config screen, so Linux is getting it's DHCP address OK and can communicate, etc.

It doesn't go any further though. If I look at the on-line status of the link, it just shows INITIALIZATION as the status.

I haven't had a chance to see what the router is doing in the logs as yet but just incase the problem is with Linux thought I would try and see if I am missing something.

The router connection is configured as 'always on'. The PPPoA client is enabled.

Encapsulation is set to LLC/SNAP
Protocol is PPPoA
Modulation is G.DMT

I've checked with the ISP support site (Pipex) and they don't have a configuration for Linux so I have been looking elsewhere.

Could anybody out there please help shed some light on what I might need to do. Are my settings wrong for Linux? Can I share the connection in this manner between XP and Linux? Any help at all would be much appreciated.

Please make any suggestions very clear so even an un-trained monkey could follow them!!

I'm very impressed with Linux to date. Just wish I could get onto the internet with it and start downloading some tools....

Apologies for the long post.......

Cheers in advance
Old 02-27-2004, 08:45 AM   #2
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Interesting, PPPoA. I don't have any experience with PPPoA, (ATM) but lots with PPPoE. With that said, on your Linux machine, all you should need is a default route, (to your router) and posibly IP addresses for your DNS. If you are new to Linux, install Webmin. It has networking tabs, and it is very easy to set default routes and DNS. If XP is working, Linux will work.
Old 02-27-2004, 09:26 AM   #3
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Thanks for the response. I expected the same, i.e. XP works, so should Linux. I was wondering whether it was anything to do with the encapsulation method or something.

Thanks for the tip on Webmin. I shall give it a try but I think it should be OK. I didn't do any network configuration prior to connecting it to the router and it appeared to pick up a DHCP address from it, (assume this is the default setting for Fedora). I can connect to the Monitor screen of the router as well so TCP/IP seems to be working. The DNS is all handled at the router.

Thanks again.



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