[ILUG] Followup 1: Naive ADSL/WiFi questions (long (sorry!))?
blf at utvinternet.ie
Fri Aug 17 05:43:49 IST 2007
| From: Timothy Murphy <tim at birdsnest.maths.tcd.ie>
| Date: Thu, 16 Aug 2007 18:06:10 +0100
|[ ... ]
| I never found an ethernet card that did _not_ work with Linux
|[ ... ]
| Incidentally, don't all computers nowadays have ethernet built-in?
I've no idea. the issue here is two-fold:
1st, my computer is sufficiently old it does not
have a built-in Ethernet.
2nd, my Linux distro is sufficiently old that I'm
_guessing_ there are more “modern” NIC chipsets
it does not support.
updating my distro over the (current) 56K straw is
a non-starter (and I'd rather not play around with
adding a driver/module).
|[ ... ]
| I'm not an expert at this, but don't you have to put a "splitter"
| on the phone line somewhere, to split computer and phone(s)?
yes, to the best of my knowledge you do. in my
case, that — and maybe also the relevant cable
(I don't know) — comes with the ADSL modem kit
(which I do not yet have). my understanding is
the splitter unit here in France just plugs into
the normal French telephone socket — which is not
an RJ-anything, but this massive T-shaped thingy
about the size of yer thumb (French telephone
sockets and plugs look like something from the
18th century, back when “miniture” meant “smaller
than a steam locomotive”).
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