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OpenSuSE 11.1 Quick Start Guide
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4.1 Direct Internet Connection

When your computer is directly connected to the Internet, you first need to configure the hardware that is used for this task. This can either be an internal device (such as an ISDN card) or an external device (for example a modem). In most cases it is detected automatically.

In a second step you need to enter data provided by your ISP, such as login credentials, gateway, or name server, for example. You should have received a data sheet from your ISP where all the necessary data is listed.

If you have successfully configured your hardware and ISP data, use the NetworkManager for managing the internet connection. See Section 10.0, Using NetworkManager for details.

4.1.1 Checklist DSL

There are different types of DSL devices available that use different point-to-point protocol (PPP) methods:

  • a regular ethernet card connected to the external DSL modem uses PPP over Ethernet (PPPoE). In Austria the Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP) is used. With PPTP the external modem also has a static IP address.

  • an internal DSL modem uses PPP over ATM (PPPoATM)

  • an internal ADSL Fritz Card uses CAPI for ADSL

The DSL configuration module already contains the data for major ISPs in some countries. If your ISP is not listed, you will need to know how name resolving (DNS) and IP allocation is handled (in most cases this data is received automatically when connecting). Regardless whether you choose an ISP from the list or add a custom provider, you need to enter at least your login and password.

For configuration details, refer to Section 20.4.5, DSL, (↑ Reference ).

4.1.2 Checklist ISDN

In case your internal ISDN card is not detected automatically you will need to know the vendor and the name of the device.

NOTE: ISDN Modem or Terminal Adapter

If you are using an external ISDN modem or terminal adapter, refer to Section 4.1.3, Checklist Modem instead.

In order to configure the ISDN device you will need the following data:

  • ISDN Protocol (depends on your country)

  • Area code and phone number.

  • Interface type (SyncPPP or RawIP). If unsure, select SyncPPP, because RawIP is only used in connection with certain telephone systems.

  • In case you got a static IP-address from your provider: local and remote IP-addresses for the dial-in server and the gateway.

  • The ISDN configuration module already contains the data for major ISPs in some countries. If your ISP is not listed, you will need to know how name resolving (DNS) and IP allocation is handled (in most cases this data is received automatically when connecting). Regardless whether you chose an ISP from the list or added a custom provider, you need to enter at least your login and password.

For configuration details, refer to Section 20.4.3, ISDN, (↑ Reference ).

4.1.3 Checklist Modem

In case your modem is not detected automatically, you need to know whether it is connected to a serial port or to an USB port. Please note that not all USB modems and internal modems are supported by openSUSE®.

The modem configuration module already contains the data for major ISPs in some countries. If your ISP is not listed, you will need to know its dial-in number and how name resolving (DNS) and IP allocation is handled (in most cases this data is received automatically when connecting). Regardless whether you chose an ISP from the list or added a custom provider, you need to enter at least your login and password.

For configuration details, refer to Section 20.4.2, Modem, (↑ Reference ).

4.1.4 Checklist Cable Modem

Accessing the Internet through the TV cable requires a cable modem. Such a modem is connected to the computer via ethernet cable. Therefore it is only necessary to configure your network card accordingly. For details, refer to Section 20.4.4, Cable Modem, (↑ Reference ).

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