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Re: Changing cable modum to ADSL modum.

On Sat, 2006-12-16 at 13:09 -0600, John C wrote:
> Hi all,
> I'm looking for a simple way for a windows-only user to change a 
> computer's network settings from a cable modem to an ADSL modem.
> I was under the impression that my granddaughter, who lives 
> hundreds of miles from me, had a cable ISP. In an attempt to 
> educate the next generation, I've sent her a computer fully 
> loaded and configured with Etch.  I used a netinstall through my 
> home system's router (cable modem) with a manual IP 
> address....not DHCP.
> Oooops... I was wrong, their network connnection is through a 
> ADSL modem.
> I suspect that she could make the change using the Network 
> administration tool of the Gnome network Settings, but since I'm 
> not familiar with ADSL or with that tool, I'd rather not have her 
> try without some confirmation.
> If not that tool, perhaps dpkg-reconfigure <something> ?
> I know that on my box, the following files at least need to 
> change. Any others?
> /etc/resolv.conf
> /etc/networks
> /etc/networks/interfaces
> I also suspect that I'll have to have her do a dpkg install of 
> pppoe for the network administration tool to work.  Is that true?
> Thanks for any help.
> John Carline


If the modem can act as an Ethernet router, it should be no problem -
just let the system know that the IP address will be assigned by DHCP.

If it is an USB ADSL modem, that is a real headache to set up. You need
drivers, which may or may not exist. And if they do exist, they may or
may not be packaged as .debs. And the type of the modem usually isn't
enough to find the driver, because there are types which are made with
several different chipsets. If, however, the drivers are found, the hard
part is done. Then pppoeconf should do the rest.

Good luck!


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