O'Reilly Network: Troubleshooting ISP Connection Problems
May 12, 2001, 18:00 (5 Talkback[s])
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Getting a PPP connection to an ISP up and running is a lot
easier than it once was, thanks in part to things like kppp and
wvdial. Unfortunately, this old vexation can sometimes throw new
and interesting curves, which is where this tutorial might come in
handy for newbies and people who've been awarded the "no payment"
support contract for friends and family.
"Unfortunately there is no one standard procedure for
logging on to an ISP. Although each ISP uses a slightly different
variation, the following procedure steps through various
possibilities to help you discover what your ISP wants. Note that
your ISP may have been "creative" and found some other way to
confuse the users. This technique should still help you figure out
what your ISP really wants."