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connecting to internet with linux

Posted on 2003-03-30
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Last Modified: 2010-03-18
I'm new the the linux world and would like for someone to help me get my internet connection set up. I think I need my ethernet card (lynksy 10/100 fast ethernet) and my Motorola 4100 surfboard setup for Redhat 8.0 ....I've been looking around for answers and have found none yet. I'm using the Charter pipeline for my isp....ANd I know hardly anything about linux right now except how to get to the command prompt and to get to the connection wizard but nothing is recognized....I will give points to the person who answers my question...my e-mail is zmpqlinux84@charter.net ...Thanks!
Question by:zmpqlinux84
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ask your provider to setup for you....learn in the process.

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mrmoose027 earned 300 total points
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I have recently setup an internet connection for my redhat linux.
Before you start, you need to make sure that your cables are correct. Make sure that the ethernet cable goes from your modem to the linux box's ethernet card, and that the cable is a CROSSOVER cable, and not standard or Cat5. This is VERY important, because otherwise it won't work. If the cables are all right, keep reading and I'll explain how to do the rest.
Here's what I suggest doing:
First, get ALL of your IP information. If you don't exactly what you need, I have a form on my site in Word format. It's located at:
Once you have this info, go to your system settings and open 'Network'. When the window appears, a list should appear with all of your network cards. If your network card isn't listed there, try reinstalling the card.
Next, select the ethernet card (if it's there) and click the 'edit' button to the right. A new winow should appear with information regarding your IP address. This is where the form with all your IP information will come in handy. If you selected DHCP, here you'll want to select 'Automatically obtain IP address using: <dhcp or bootp>' Depending on what you chose on the form, select either DHCP or BOOTP. If you don't use a dynamic IP address, select 'Statically set IP addresses'. In the field labeled IP address, type your IP address. In the field labeled subnet mask, type your subnet mask. In the field labeled Gateway address, type your gateway address. After you've completed this, click 'OK' to get out of the window. Now you need to edit the DNS information, so go to the DNS tab in the 'network' window. Enter your first DNS address in the first field, and so on. You're only required to have one DNS, but it's OK if you're ISP has given you more, just add them in the secondary dns field. Now you're ready to go, so close the 'network' window and save at the prompt. Now restart your computer. When it boots up again, login as root and test the internet out! If it doesn't work, try going to the command prompt (or shell) and type 'ping' (my IP address). If a reply comes back, then the internet connection works correctly, but there's something else wrong. Type 'ctrl-c' to stop pinging the host, and type 'ping z-z.ath.cx'. If nothing comes up and you don't get a reply, the DNS isn't working correctly. If this happens, contact me at mrmoose@z-z.ath.cx and I'd be glad to go furthur into the process of setting up the DNS for you. Or, you can go to:
for more information on setting up the internet on your computer.
Hope this helps!!

Author Comment

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Thanks a lot for helping me...The DHCP did the trick...I just can't beleive it was so easy...Thanks again! and you got your points! zmpqlinux84

Expert Comment

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You're welcome! I'm glad it worked out for you!

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