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Old 04-19-2002, 11:07 PM   #16
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well I installed Mandrake and it saysit sees my NIC i have a linksys router and a cable connection. Just when i try to connect to the net it says it cant connect. I formatted my hard drive and installed RED HAT 7.1 installed fine no problems it too says it sees my NIC eth0 but wont connect when i try to use the web browser.
Old 04-20-2002, 04:13 AM   #17
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Just because the machine sees the NIC doesn't mean it automagically knows how to talk to the cable modem its connected to. It almost definately runs on one of 2 different protocols, the first is easy to get working, the other... a little harder. Let's hope its dhcp, try this as root from the command line:

dhcpcd eth0

If that doesn't work... i.e. it sits there like a dumb rabbit for 1 minute, then the cable modem runs off of pppoe... probably.

You have pppoe software on the redhat box, although I highly doubt that it will work as the roaring pengiun that shipped with RH is known to be a bit buggy. If dhcpcd doesn't work, check through the literature that came with your ISP (not the modem itself), and figure out if they use pppoe, or in the long form point-to-point protocol over ethernet. If that doesn't answer the question, call the ISP. Setting up the roaring pengiun would be a headache if its something bizarre.


Old 04-20-2002, 09:25 AM   #18
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Do you have a web interface to the linksys?
At my home, I have an SMC router. To access it from my net work I enter in the address line of a browser and woosh, I have What appears to be a web page. One of the links there is setup.. After clicking there I have a host of config options. WAN, LAN, Time Zone, Change Pass, firewall, Client filtering et al.

i f I click on LAN there are connection options.
Dynamic (DHCP)
Static (if ISP assigned non changing IP address)
PPPoE (which is basically the same protocol as most dial ups)
In fact it's like configuring a modem ie fill in username, password, check auto reconnect...voila.

alas I don't know your router. If it does have a web interface it may use a different address. Somenoe out there knows your router, but you still need to know how your ISP wants you to connect.


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