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Re: How to setup a PPPoE Server?

We use freeradius  for accounting and authenication on our Linux main server.
For our pppoe customers we found FreeBSD to be the best solution. It has a builtin pppoe server that works in with its ppp software. And best of all FreeBSD's ppp service can authenicate to a radius server out of the box.

Andrew Bevin
The Packing Shed Limited
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liran tal wrote:
I disagree.
It is true that their is a trade-in between cost to the time spent to get a project going but in the area of networking Linux is in such a remarkable state that it is mostly the commercial companies trying to always keep up with the open source projects.

If someone doesn't know RADIUS then whether he would have to configure a freeradius's config file or a cisco router it would probably take him the same amount of time.

And besides, who talked about doing all of this by himself? that's why I suggested the daloRAIDUS platform, you get full management of users, profiles, accounting records, graphs, etc. And it's all web-based. So ofcourse you have to have some knowledge to get things going but whose afraid of reading?


On Fri, May 29, 2009 at 3:08 AM, Daniel Hood <dsmhood@gmail.com> wrote:
As much as I hate to say it. No matter how you do it your going to have to have a trade off between money spent and time spent. An open source solution in this situation is going to take weeks and possibly months to configure, due to your inexprience (as far as I can tell) with RADIUS and routing, but it sounds like you dont have the money to buy a couple of billion dollars worth of Cisco gear.

The best trade off, would be getting a couple of mid-range Cisco routers (2800's with extra memory, or 3800's) possibly and having them run the PPPoE servers and connecting to a couple of fail-over entry-level 1RU dell boxes running debian and freeradius, connecting to your customerdatabase. Its the best tradeoff between cost and time taken. It should only take you a while to set it all up. Plus, if you get a support contract with Cisco, anything that goes wrong you can just give them a buzz...

It also depends on what your plans are for expanding. Cause a completely open source based solution wont hold many more then 4000 clients, unless you know the software back-to-front and can make changes to the source.

Thats just my two cents.


On Sat, Mar 21, 2009 at 5:05 AM, Michelle Konzack <linux4michelle@tamay-dogan.net> wrote:
Good morning Ross,

Am 2009-03-20 15:37:48, schrieb Ross Halliday:
> If I recall correctly the rp-pppoe server is not recommended by the
> developers for production use. Here we use some Debian Etch boxes
> running FreeRADIUS to handle the backend and a Redback router for PPPoE.
> However depending on your load you might be able to pick up an older
> Cisco on eBay (like a 7200, 7500 or something) or look at Mikrotik as
> another reader mentioned.

While surfing the website of Redback, I puzzeling, which Router you use?

Do you mean the "SmartEdge Multi-Service Edge Router"?

My Fiber-Optic Network (I use <http://www.gasline.de/>) is connected  in
Karlsruhe, Kehl and Offenburg three times over AS routers  to  1000 MBit

I offer to each of the 4000 customers 6/1 MBit down/up stream.

Also I want to offer VoIP.

Thanks, Greetings and nice Day/Evening
   Michelle Konzack
   24V Electronic Engineer
   Tamay Dogan Network
   Debian GNU/Linux Consultant

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