DOS Linux and dsl?

John Heim jheim at
Wed Jan 3 16:00:45 UTC 2007

You have to have an ethernet card to access DSL.   You should be able to get 
a 10 Mb ethernet card literally for nothing. Ask around and you're sure to 
find somebody who has one that they will give you. And check the stuff 
exchange web site in your town.

There are 3 different speeds for ethernet cards (also called NICs), 10 Mb, 
100 Mb, and 1000 Mb. All 3 can be used to connect to the DSL modem but the 
modem will be slower than even the slowest ethernet card. Nobody uses the 10 
Mb cards any more for anything except to connect to a DSL or cable modem. 
That's why you should be able to get one for free.

If you can't find someone to give you an ethernet card, I think I can 
volunteer my wife to mail you one. She goes to the post office fairly 
regularly. i'd volunteer to do it myself but they shut down the post office 
by my office and I ddon't know how to get to one any more.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Karen Lewellen" <klewellen at>
To: "Linux for blind general discussion" <blinux-list at>
Sent: Tuesday, January 02, 2007 4:31 PM
Subject: Re: DOS Linux and dsl?

> Jude,
> Are Ethernet cards still easily found?  I have seen the reference on 
> occasion, and wondered if they had other purposes, or their specific 
> technical purpose?
> Thanks,
> Karen
> On Mon, 1 Jan 2007, Jude DaShiell wrote:
>> One could just use ms-kermit 3.16 or 3.15 on the dos box and get the 
>> proper packet driver installed for their ethernet card to work with dos 
>> and once that's done a little configuration with kermit might or might 
>> not be necessary.  Kermit is set to look for by default and 
>> if it finds an ehternet card there, you're effectively on the net. 
>> Kermit was able to go out on ethernet cards back in the early 1990's and 
>> was pulling large files down very quickly in those years.
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