Basic Guide to Linux DSL Use (for KDE users)
By Mark Rais, author of Linux For the Rest of Us, and senior editor of reallylinux.com
brief chapter section should help beginning SuSe/KDE users get a DSL
and running. Notice that I use LOTS of graphics to help guide
beginning users. For my Linux book that was a good thing, but for
someone with a
dial-up internet connection it may be slow!
following tips will hopefully help give a well rounded view into the
necessary settings and configuration that apply to most newer
For older flavors using KDE or older versions of SuSe, you will need to
install the PPPoE driver before
configuration is possible. These drivers should be on your
You'll find that connectivity to
your broadband service using almost all flavors of Linux is dependent
on two things:
- What type of service
you have purchased
- Correctly setting the
IP and DNS configurations
DSL MODEM Configuration
or Gnome users: click here)
going to assume you know how to start the SuSe or other flavor’s
configuration tool. It is slightly different among flavors using
For instance, Mandrake uses the drakconf tool and has modem
connections under the Network & Internet icon, then the New
example, I include details from SuSe’s configuration tool, YaST.
You will see the menu item Network Devices.
Selecting it will reveal the DSL Modem configuration module. For
modem users, the configuration can also be done simply through the
network card configuration. As long as you set the following
card settings correctly the cable modem should respond properly.
which you’re trying to install, please make sure that either your cable
or DSL modem is properly connected before clicking the DSL Modem
module or Network Card module since it checks for hardware.
DSL modem option and you will see this screen appear:
notice that in most cases a DSL modem was not yet identified. Click on
the Change button to start the configuration.
next window that appears is a configuration overview listing.
complete configuration the upper box will include your modem specific
information and the lower box will include details regarding your
Below is a
sample DSL configuration overview window:
top Add button to add a your DSL modem.
now faced with the configuration window. Although it looks rather
daunting, there is very little you actually need to do here.
sure that the proper PPP mode is selected from the upper pull-down
menu. In all cases I’ve run into, your broadband modem requires
of the PPP over Ethernet. Be sure that you have a properly
configured network card before starting this step. If your
is properly installed already, it will show up in the Ethernet card
the Ethernet card is NOT configured properly. In my example above,
you’ll notice, for instance, that although somewhat subdued there is
already an IP address noted! If you’re installing a new DSL
the first time, this may mean that your card is not configured properly
for a broadband connection. To ensure that all preloaded IP addresses
are deleted, please click on the Configure Network Cards button.
now see a window labeled Network cards configuration.
If you were configuring a Cable modem, you would have started out here.
From this window you will be able to edit your network card’s details.
press the Change button. Then press the Edit button.
You will now see the Network address setup screen.
DHCP or Automatic address setup option should be
in my example that although I’ve selected Automatic address setup
(via DHCP) under
the IP Address and Subnet mask fields some data still exists. This was
from the time I setup my Linux box as a server and manually configured
the IP. In fact, to provide a learning opportunity, I had
doing so during the Installation chapter.
to use a standard broadband connection you will need to ensure all data
is cleared from these fields.
select the Static Address Setup button. Then delete the
IP and Subnet mask information in each of the boxes.
select the Automatic address setup.
may also need to clear fields under the Hostname and DNS setup.
on the Host name and name server button, and then choose Modify
the option appears. This will allow you to remove the host name,
name, and all other data in the fields. Once you delete the
please be absolutely certain you have selected the two boxes: Change
host name via DHCP and Update name servers…
two are essential for getting the right data from your ISP regarding
your DSL connection (see the example screen below).
you’ve successfully deleted all the information in the fields and
selected the two check buttons, you can comfortably click on the OK
button to return to the Network address setup window.
the Network address setup window, click the Next button.
You’re almost done with configuring your modem, so hang on! Finally, on
the Network cards configuration overview click the Finish button.
may seem like a lot of extra leg work, and in some cases it is not
necessary, but these extra steps have ensured that all data is properly
configured. My goal is to help you clean up and prepare your system for
Internet broadband use and from my experience this process is the most
thorough means of ensuring you succeed.
on the DSL configuration screen, press the Next button
to begin your ISP setup. (Note: if you still see an IP address, it
will not effect anything since you’ve done all that is needed for the
DSL providers are not listed. So you will simply need to configure your
DSL provider data manually. Click the New button.
the provider name, and then your DSL account name and password.
DSL providers, when you sign up, will give you an account id and
password, as well as some details on the outgoing and incoming mail
servers. If you did not receive this information or lost it, please
contact your specific ISP’s technical support.
Click Next to see the DSL Connection
parts of the DSL Connection parameters window are shown below:
a tip that you should be sure
to select the three boxes indicated with circles. Now click Next
again to view the final summary of your changes.
it or not, you have now configured your mode and your provider
information! Pressing Finish will save all of your
may notice an option appear to configure your mail. Simply press No
for the time being. You will be able to configure mail using the
Xiamian Evolution software in the Desktop Interfaces section.
reboot your Linux system.
I mentioned earlier, rebooting can prevent many frustrating experiences
with hardware configuration. I strongly recommend a reboot after
new modem or network setup.
Linux system is back up and running, and you have logged in, open the
web browser and try some web surfing!!!
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