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First off, I'm a Linux dummy. After I'd horrible nightmares with Windows, my friend who'se something of a computer whizkid installed Fedora core as my new OS. He set up ...
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    Running SBC Yahoo DSL on Fedora core OS


    First off, I'm a Linux dummy. After I'd horrible nightmares with Windows, my friend who'se something of a computer whizkid installed Fedora core as my new OS. He set up my computer for broadband cable Internet access through RCN (the ISP).

    Unfortunately, RCN has become too expensive for me, so I have instead signed on to SBC Yahoo DSL. I've received their modem (Speedstream 5100). Currently, my Internet access is set up with a 4-port router (linksys BEFSR41) as a home network.

    The installation CD I received from SBC is useless, since it is only meant for Windows and Mac Os.

    My question is: how do I configure Linux to get onto the Internet through SBC Yahoo DSL? All the relevant help I googled assume I have a basic grasp of the Linux environment. Unfortuantely I don't and it gets frustrating when I see explanations talking of things like PPPoE, IP, DNS, etc. All this is alphabet soup to me and if ever they were needed on Windows, I didn't have to deal with them.

    Another posting explained that if I have a router, I won't need the PPPoE and mentioned some four-letter acronym (beginning with a D if I remember correctly) that I would use instead. This thing isn't going to be merely plug and play, would it?

    If not, what I need is a simple instruction that tells me how I can configure my router and modem so I can get on the Internet. I know that the Fedora equivalent of the Windows start button is the icon of the Red Hat. So it would help if the explanation starts off from this area should I be needing to cllick on to the equivalent of an Internet set up wizard.

    Also, will I need to dismantle/uninstall anything from the RCN setup? If so, how?

    Thanks.

    vukoni
    ps. I am really anxious to get this right because if I dismantle anything, then I won't be able to have access to the Internet and thus my only helpline to this forum or my e-mail. RCN is disconnecting me on Tuesday. So, this is really urgent.

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    I just got sbc yahoo dsl too. Since the install cd is crap (even on windows xp the cd didn't work) i called the magical 24/7 support number. your support should go something like this:

    1. set your router to get its ip from dhcp ( your modem)

    2. set your puters to use a static or dynamic ip, it doesn't matter since they are using the router as a gateway.

    3. set your modem as the gateway for the router.

    4. make sure that the modem and router have different ips. your modem will be set to 192.168.0.1 by default and i havent found a way to change that.

    5. make sure you can ping the modem.

    6. goto http://192.168.0.1

    7. enter a username and password provided by the tech support. i think it is user: sbcregdefault or some thing like that.

    8. make sure that you can goto yahoo.com and some other sites.

    9. goto sbcreg.sbcglobal.net

    10. do the stuff there with the help of the support ppl.

    11. set the username and password that you made on the modem and reset it.

    the number for the help is: 1-877-722-3755

    good luck
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    GWalters,

    Thanks a lot! I'm sure your instructions are as clear as daylight to someone who has got their feet wet with Linux. Woe is me, I don't even know how to set up the router beyond the physical process of connecting the wires according to the linksys instructions. I don't know how to ping. I don't know how to find an IP. It's that bad.

    Wait. I can see there is a systems tool on the menu that comes up after clicking the Red hat icon. I actually tried clicking Internet configuration wizard. Am I on the right track?

    vukoni

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    if you have just one computer or thing on your network you dont need the router, you can just plug the modem into your computer. ping is an easy program to run but it is cli (command line interface) so you need to open xterm or some other terminal to type commands in. the command would go like:

    ping 192.168.0.1

    to ping your router. I dont know about redhats internet connection wizard but i do know that if you edit /etc/conf.d/net (thats where it is on my system) and find the lind that says eth0="<ip garbage>" and set it to eth0="dhcp" then edit the line on the bottom that says gateway to say gateway="eth0/192.168.0.1" save then exit. run :

    /etc/init.d/net.eth0 restart

    that shouldn't come up with an error, if it does post its output. if you set up the modem already you should be able to

    ping google.com

    without any errors, if you havent then call tech support and goto http://192.168.0.1
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