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32BitsOnline: DSL Service: The saga continues -- I Got It, But They Still Don't Have A ClueMar 18, 2000, 20:24 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Berger)
"After talking to the customer service people, I was led to believe that the connection was straight DHCP. In reality, the connection requires proprietary software. What's more, the software just so happens to be incompatible with NT Server which just so happens to be capable of packet routing and network address translation."
"In addition, the connection requires Point-to-Point-Protocol Over Ethernet (PPPoE) and Virtual Private Network (VPN) connectivity. Although PPPoE is available for Linux, others in my company and I have been looking for compatible VPN software for Linux.
"...And of course Linux is another packet-forwarding operating system that, it just so happens, is not officially supported."
"It became clear to me that Bell Atlantic was once again trying to force people who want a real network connection to spend an exorbitant amount of money for a genuine T1 connection that costs almost ten times as much..."
"Since Bell Atlantic had thwarted my attempts thus far to connect my home network to the DSL connection, I took a chance and, surprisingly, my gamble paid off. It took me a while to figure out how to get it working, but the Internet Connection Sharing through (ugh) Windows 98 Second Edition is actually working and working well."
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