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Old 02-17-2007, 05:11 AM   #1
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Using Ubuntu...trying to connect to router

Hi everyone! I am so glad I found this forum. My sweetheart and I have installed Ubuntu on a spare computer and are trying to learn Linux. We bought a Safecom 2 port combo ADSL modem router as we were advised this is what we would need to connect to our internet server. Yesterday we hooked everything up, (USB port as we don't have a nic card and the instructions said to do it this way without a card). Next, we inserted the CD but it did not run on it's own. When we opened it we saw the setup.exe file which is a windows file. We tried to go into Smart Start but couldn't. Then we tried to get it to mount on it's own, but nothing worked. Now we are so confused...please help us with any instructions or suggestions you might have. Pretend we are ten...but then a ten year olds are probably more computer savy then we are these days.
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Welcome to LQ! I hope you both learn to love linux.

"Setup.exe" is for windows, you do not need any of the stuff on your modem's CD, except the documentation.
USB modem connections are not handled well by linux yet, but the good news is that ethernet connections ARE!

So, get out to your nearest hardware place and buy yourself a NIC. Cheap is good! Anything by 3Com is likely to work straight away. Plug the ethernet card into your PC and connect it to the modem / router. Power up your PC.

You'll need to set up your router. Normally this is done through a web interface, for mine, I put into any browser (konqueror, firefox, whatever, it doesn't matter) but yours might be http://some.other.num.bers (see your documentation).

Set it up with your password and whatnots. Flashing lights tell you if it has managed to connect to your ISP (see your documentation).

Now, if you reboot your computer, the connection will probably be established automatically.

If not, open a terminal, and type sudo dhclient eth0 (that's e-t-h-ZERO!), and you should be connected.

Otherwise come back here with details of your setup, and the exact problem.

Edit: Sloppy spelling!
PS if you run into problems, please tell us the exact model numbers of your router / NIC.
It also helps us if you put your Distro in your LQ Profile, that way you don't have to keep saying "I'm running ubuntu x.y.z".

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Old 02-17-2007, 12:06 PM   #3
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Thanks so much Tredegar! I'm on my way to buy a nic card first thing in the morning and then I will follow your instructions. I'll keep you posted.


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