Sharing of Broadband connection in Linux?

Posted on 2003-03-30
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Last Modified: 2013-12-06
I need some expert advice on configuring broadband sharing in Red Hat Linux 8.0. I have just bought a Ethernet Bridge (Creative BritePort 8010) and it came bundle with a broadband connection software call winpoet. The problem is that i can use this software to connect to internet using winpoet but i cant use it in linux and the winpoet did not have linux version! So pls tell me what can i do to solve this prob?

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Expert Comment

ID: 8234500
I'm not fully familiar w/ Red Hat, but try looking through your documentation for network configurations. I know Mandrake Linux has a wizard for doing that sort of thing, and Mandrake is based on Red Hat, so... I'll see what else I can find. Linux should be able to configure automatically if you tell it what to use for the connection and where to get its IP.

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phxntninja earned 300 total points
ID: 8235128
Your ISP is requiring you to use Point to Point Protocol over Ethernet or PPPoE.  RedHat does not support PPPoE natively, but you can get software to make it work.  I haven't used it personally but the best open source solution is Roaring Penguin (http://www.roaringpenguin.com/pppoe/) but you may be able to find other clients on SourceForge.   Hope this helps and Good Luck.  

Expert Comment

ID: 8236505
The easiest solution would be to acquire an old PC (some small pentium box) with 2 netcards. Install IPCop Linux (http://www.ipcop.org). Configure the other systems to use the IPCop box as the gateway (after configuring the dial-up/DSL/whatever connection on the IPCop box) and away you go. Secure and with lots of extras.

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Expert Comment

ID: 8239664
I don't think IPCop will directly solve the problem. It is a  very good firewall application but the issue is in making the connection to the ISP.  PPPoE is pretty much Dial Up Networking encapsulated in an ethernet frame.  
WinPoet is the software that the ISP (probably Earthlink??) provided to  allow any PC to connect to their network. Something similar to having to use dialing software to connect to (shudder) AOL.

Expert Comment

ID: 8239753
The only time I've seen winpoet used is with a PPPoE connection over a DSL modem.  If this is the case then I would throw winpoet away and install an IPCop box.  As stated it's easy to do, has lots of extras, and is more secure.  Once again look at http://www.ipcop.org to solve your problem .


Expert Comment

ID: 8239900
Also. Where is the problem connecting a Linux box to AOL?  AOL is a crap network/ISP, granted.  However a connection is possible through linux.


Author Comment

ID: 8243756
Hi all,
I am not using AOL as i am not staying in U.S. My ISP is NOT providing support for Linux even though the pool of Linux users is growing. Please give me some time to try out the suggestions as my linux has crashed due to my "experimental" habit.


Expert Comment

ID: 8246758
You should be able to connect using the PPPD daemon and some additional software, for instance Roaring Penguin has a PPPoE client for linux.  Basically WinPoet is a PPPoE client for windows, and RP-PPPoE is a client for linux.  I've included the link below because they seem to have plenty of information on how to there.


There are more than just this PPPoE client for windows and if you want to find more just do a google search for linux pppoe, or better yet www.freshmeat.net and do a search on pppoe.

Good luck!

Author Comment

ID: 8284737
Thanks for your help. I have download the client software. At first it refused to work until i have issued the command:
ifconfig eth0 up

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