Re: Again - Multilink PPP vs. EQL
> >To: "Steve Hsieh" <email@example.com>
> >Cc: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> > > > After burrowing around some, I finally found some info and docs on
> > > > however, Multilink PPP is mentioned as a newer, and improved
> > >
> > > > Unfortunately, I can't find any info on Multilink PPP in the HowTo's,
> > > etc.
> > I thought mutlilink PPP was something only available for ISDN? If i'm
> > incorrect, someone correct me.
I have been looking at multilink ppp right now. (Trying to
understand it really.) There is an RFC on it that gives a broad
description of it and directly states that it is not intended to be
used on only one link service. From the way it reads it should be
able to handle one dial up analog modem and one ISDN (or more) at the
same time. My ISP has currently been moving to a new location and
has been supporting a Fractional T1 frame relay line to handle one of
his old modem banks. A few days ago the router on the CSU/DSU died
and the T1 bill came in at the same time. For the heck of it he set
up several modems on the modem server for multilink ppp and had one
call the new office. If several people call into the old modem bank
one of the other modems dials up and starts sharing the load. He let
old Bell kill the T1 line and now only uses the dialup. The response
isn't too fast but it's miles cheaper than T1. Once the modems are
running together the second doesn't drop our right away so it works
ok. This message will actually go over that link. If you would like
to know what the RFC is I can find out, it's at work and I am
extremely interested in it. The modem server brand escapes me right
now but I can find that out too.
> Nope, you're correct. It was something new to me to, but after some
> well-received "guidance", I've got things straightened out.... <grin>
> > By the way, Kevin -- what docs have you found on eql? Do you know if one
> > has to use eql_enslave to enslave links, and if so, is the latest
> > eql_enslave the one stored inside one of old eql patches on
> > sunsite.unc.edu?
> About all I've found on EQL was in the NET3-Howto. I haven't tried any of
> this yet (soon, though), but from the docs it looks as if all you need is
> to run "ifconfig eql .... up/down" to establish the driver/interface. (Of
> course, you need kernel support for EQL as well.) Once that's done, there
> are additional steps required to establish connections to the remote
> system, but I can't remember those steps and I don't have access to the
> Howto right now.
> Also, I'm sure there are others _much_ more knowledgeable about EQL than I
> am - I'm a true newbie in this area.
> Thanks for the help,
> Kevin Traas
> Systems Analyst
> Edmondson Roper CA
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