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TechRepublic: Linux and cable modems: Make 'em play! [with static IP address]

Apr 06, 2000, 02:23 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jack Wallen)


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"It took time and effort, but the decision was made and the cash was laid! I'd heard rumors and horror stories surrounding the difficulties of getting Linux boxes to communicate with the latest development in Internet technology: the cable modem. Steadying my nerve (and my pocketbook), however, I decided that it was time to brave the storm, dodge the truth, and let the @home technicians stare blankly at my Linux screen."

"Let's take a look at the environment. If your machine is a stand-alone desktop, this section won't be relevant to you. If you have a small network at home, however, you'll need to run two network interface cards (NICs). If you had two NICs in one machine, you would need to set up each device individually. The first Ethernet adapter should be up and running already because it runs your private/local network. The cable company will supply the second NIC, which you will have to install and configure. (NOTE: When you sign up for the service, make sure that you ask for a PCI card—not ISA.) If you're running one of the newer distributions, this configuration will be a snap! With its new kudzu application, Red Hat 6.1 makes the configuration of newer hardware a breeze."

"If your OS isn't a newer release, you need to go into your favorite network adapter setup tool (such as netcfg in Red Hat) and add the new device. In Red Hat's linuxconf, you can open the basic host information section, go to the adapter 2 tab, and enter the proper information. In Caldera's Open Linux, there are similar tools that allow for multiple device setups (like Ethernet Interface Configuration, which is found in the COAS toolbox)."

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