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Re: modem installation

On Mon, Jun 21, 2004 at 03:42:34PM -0700, Nina Pham wrote:
> anyone please help me to install the Robotics Sporters Fax/Modem w/ X2 
> 56K on FC2. The robotics website just have the installation guild on 
> windows. I connected that external modem to serial port ssty0, and try 
> to configure that using add new hardware at system-config-network but 
> after I added the modem, it said inactive. I also tried to reboot the 
> system after connected the modem, but it didn't find the new hardware at 
> boot time.
> Nina
Here are certain truths. First, kudzu seems to be unreliable in
claiming it will configure an external modem, It doesn;t seem to make
much difference since the modem works anyway. To configure it for ppp
for example your use system-config-network. The modem can be
completely configured with phone number, login name passwd, speed, etc
through options in this program. Ultimately the expectation is when
you execute ifup ppp0 (or what ever name you give the connection) the
dialing will happen and the connection will be made. ifdown ppp0 will
disconnect. The parameters you configure will end up in ifcfg-ppp0 and
in wvdial.conf. By the way your serial port is /dev/ttyS0.

Now to automate this process I would use the applet modem lights on
the panel. Configure the colors in modem lights to tell you the status
of the connection. One more thing, modem lights has a lock file. Its
name should be changed to LCK..ttyS0.

You can use the program wvdial to start your connection but that is
not as slick. You will also need a /etc/ppp/pap-secrets file probably.

Another option if you have KDE installed is to use kppp. Here your
don't need to fool with system-config-network. It does everything you
need to do,

If there are more questions ask!
Aaron Konstam
Computer Science
Trinity University
One Trinity Place.
San Antonio, TX 78212-7200

telephone: (210)-999-7484
email:akonstam trinity edu

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