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Re: [SLE] broadband with Suse Linux
  • From: Dave Howorth <dhoworth@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 02 Dec 2004 11:40:02 +0000
  • Message-id: <41AEFF12.7030908@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sid Boyce wrote:
Franz Preihs wrote:
BT told me that they don't support linux.

BT may not support Linux, but Linux supports BT. When we have had problems, especially with dial-up, asking whether they supported pap or chap and have been met with "We don't support LINEUX (yeuuKKK!)", Pete Nikolic and myself developed a standard reply, "Look pal, if I wanted Linux support, you'd be the last person on the planet I'd ask, I'm quite capable of doing that myself, I just want to know whether you use pap or chap". Pete uses BT broadband with a Linksys router and I think he is contemplating inserting the Linux firewall between his internal network and the router.

I have tried to get answers to technical questions from BT without much success. They were completely unwilling to discuss their mail setup and insisted I run Outlook before they would consider diagnosing a broken POP3 connection. Different techies gave different answers about their configuration, about what they do and do not permit and about how to migrate out!

But there's no need to use BT; it's a free market! Go to adslguide.org.uk for info on providers and browse their sites or call them to find out their attitude and competence. Which one you pick will also depend on whether you like big or small companies and what you want in the way of email, webspace, domains, scripting capabilities etc.

>> I got to know that I have to get a router. Is that right? If yes -
>> Is it difficult to configure a router?
> Pete uses BT broadband with a Linksys router and I think he is
> contemplating inserting the Linux firewall between his internal
> network and the router.

All things are possible but an external ADSL-modem-plus-ethernet-router-switch box definitely simplifies life. Mine's a Linksys WAG-54G. Very, very easy to configure using Mozilla or any other browser.

Cheers, Dave


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