[ILUG] IOL Broadband on Mandrake 10
Niall O Broin
niall at linux.ie
Sat Jul 31 22:47:27 IST 2004
On Sunday 1 August 2004, kieran.murphy at campus.ie (Kieran Murphy) wrote:
>I've setup a dual boot system with WinXP and Mandrakelinux 10 which I'm still
learning the basics of. My problem is
>that I have an IOl Broadband account which works fine under Windows but I've
no idea how to activate it under Linux.
>I've tried googling the web and searching the Linux.ie site but haven't found
what I'm looking for, which is a
>newbie's step-by-step guide to setting up the broadband account in Mandrake
10. I've found a few mentions of various
>settings but nothing very helpful yet. I've tried poking around the Internet
and Network settings in the control
>panel but nothing so far has worked. Does anyone know of a guide to getting
it up and running or have some advice
>they could kindly bestow on me?
A lot depends on your hardware. If it only connects via USB then it's a matter
of getting a driver for that hardware for Linux. If that is the case, tell the
list what the hardware is and somebody may well have already got it going.
However, as part of their current free trial offer for broadband, the hardware
IOL provides is from Zyxel and has Ethernet AND USB connections, and in fact
they recommend using the Ethernet connection.
If you have such hardware, or something else which has an Ethernet connection,
then it should just work - simply connect it to your computer's network card
with the supplied cable, and use Mandrake's control panel to configure the
network card using DHCP (which means that the broadband hardware will give the
PC and IP address and other necessary information).
If your PC doesn't have a network card, you'll pick one up for < 20 EUR in
Maplins, Peats or some such place. You may even be able to pick up an older
slower network card from somebody for nothing (never mind the slower - the
slowest network card you'll get will be 20x faster than your broadband
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