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Old 04-14-2006, 11:25 AM   #1
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Linux networking using dial-up modems?

I have been running a server with Fedora Core 4 for 6 months now, and I really enjoy linux. Being new to linux, most of the tasks I need to complete have complete tutorials online that I am easily able to follow. But now I want to do something that I can't find tutorials for.

I currently have a couple of Linux machines (Fedora core 4) that are networked together normally and connect to the internet just fine. I also have a Compaq IA-1 with Midori Linux installed (see link at bottom for info). I have been unable to locate drivers to install any wireless USB networking cards, so I want to try to network using the built-in dial-up modem instead.

My question:
Is it possible to connect 2 linux computers using dial-up modem cards? One computer would act as the host, bridging the connection to the rest of the network (and internet).

Any help that you could offer would be appreciated.


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Old 04-24-2006, 12:58 PM   #2
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I think I understand the question to be that you want to use two modems without a phone system inbetween them to connect two computers together, right?

If this is the case, it is probably possible -- however it is probably faster to get a null modem and do PPP between the two computers using the serial ports. You will almost definitely be able to hold a higher-speed connection with a null modem than you would be able to with real modems.

You will have to set up the system currently attached to your network as a PPP server, and the other as a PPP client. There will probably be some HOW-TOs out there somewhere to give you the hints how to do this; although I suspect that most of the instructions will refer to older distribution versions.


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