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Old 05-01-2007, 11:39 AM   #1
tuffstuff
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First connect to the internet.....


I've looked around on google and on this web site and I can't seem to find clear instructions on how to connect to the internet via DSL. I don't have many details on hand. We use a Qwest modem, and our windows box, which is leaving for massachusetts in a week, is connected to it by USB. I'd like to continue staying connected by USB when we switch over to our linux box, but also have a network card. I'm currently running Debian Sarge with the new Etch edition in the mail.If somebody can point me to a great how-to page or spend the time walking me through the steps I would be truly thankful.

-J
 
Old 05-01-2007, 01:10 PM   #2
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Using the network port on the modem is the easiest to do. The USB may work but will take a lot of configuration if it will work under linux. For the network side you either define and IP on the linux nic that will be used to connect to the modem or set it up as dhcp. All depends on what the modem is set to do. No knowledge of that unit brand.

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Old 05-02-2007, 11:00 AM   #3
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The modem is a GT701-WG by Actiontec from Qwest. I visited thier web site last night and I found some interesting instructions. Aparently all I have to do is open a web browser and type in the address 192.169.0.1. A page on this site gives great review on how this sytem works well with Linux. I boot up my Linux box, do as the instructions say, and Linux tells me that it can't find the address. I used both Mozilla and Konquerer, simular response. So my next guess is that Debian isn't detecting my ethernet card or my cable is bad. Is there a way to determine whether or not its functioning properly without being connected to the internet? Any other suggestions?

-J
 
Old 05-02-2007, 12:42 PM   #4
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what is the output of ifconfig?

open a shell and type ifconfig

then post the results here. Oh yeah, ideally with it connected to the router.
 
Old 05-03-2007, 02:46 PM   #5
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Code:
Link encap:Local Loopback
inet addr:127.0.0.1 Mask:255.0.0.0
inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host
UPLOOPBACK RUNNING MTU:16436 Metric:1
RX packets:95 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packlets:95 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
RX bytes:6050 (5.9 Kib) TX bytes:6050 (5.9 Kib)
I had to up plug the monitor of my winows box (with internet) and plug it into my linux box (without internet). With both machines on, the windows box with the reply box for this post open, cusor blinking, I read if ifconfig reading pinting on the screen and typed it into the windows keyboard, not able to see what I was typing. That said, there may be a few errors but it looks good to me.
 
Old 05-03-2007, 03:07 PM   #6
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That is your null loopback interface. A virtual nic in since used for local network on machine itself. The hardware nic is not seen in the output I see. Do you know if it is actually loaded and is configured? To get the output use the command ' /sbin/ifconfig -a ' to list all network nics seen by the system. Depending on the hardware we need to find ethx, athx, wlanx, or others. Post output from that command and list the loaded modules. ' /sbin/lsmod ' and hardware on the system ' /sbin/lspci '.

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Old 05-04-2007, 11:21 AM   #7
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Well, I recieved Debian Etch in the mail yesterday, installed it, and to my suprise, during the install process, it was able to access the Debian mirror site and download files for the install. Great! The system is fast, looks good, feels good. When I finally get to my GNOME desktop, I open Ice Weasel, and try to access my router via 198.162.0.1. Access! The router set up screen is there! Next, I tried to access Google. No access. Nothing. The web browser, just searches for the server and nothing else happens. I tried to use Epiphany and I got the same results. For fun I tried ifconfig and got a whole other out put with two individual entries. My nic is definetly recongnized... I think.

So, what troubleshooting might I do next?
 
Old 05-04-2007, 08:44 PM   #8
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Not a Debian user so my thoughts are the following.
Maybe the nic is setup as IPv6 mode and should be IPv4. Look through the forum for help there.
Next if get the IP from the router it may not be getting the DNS values from it. To check this instaed of using a web address use the IP of the web site. For say www.google.com it is http://216.239.39.99/ Use this in the browser to see if it works.
Which web browser if using say firefox then on the address bar and type ' about:config ' and search for ipv6 and make it not active if it is on.
Another thought is maybe the gateway is not picked up.
Post info from the folowing commands.
/sbin/ifconfig
/sbin/route -n

Will check back Sunday maybe. Finishing vacation.
Brian
 
  


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