How to get internet connection in Linux?




This question was answered on May 4, 2005. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

1.Call the ISP This is pretty important Sometimes they will offer you Internet service and at the same time arrange for the telephone company to come over and install a splitter which allows you to use the same phone line for data and voice transmission It is also important that you know if you accept their services, you may have to accept the hardware they recommend (or force on you) There are two main connection options; via router and via modem.

2.Choose a router or modem If a modem isn't forced upon you, then it's a good idea to choose the router option The basic reason for this is that it is usually platform independent which means that it doesn't matter what OS you're using because you can probably configure it using Telnet (in my case) or even a web browser.

3.Get an Ethernet card If you go the router route (pardon the pun), you're going to need an Ethernet card These cards are designed to allow you to connect computers in a Local Area Network (LAN) My card of choice is the NE-2000 clones You can also call your local guru I encourage people to do it for themselves.

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Posted by Johnny of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on May 4, 2005