Configuring DSL with Ubuntu

I've been using Ubuntu for a while. So far its good.  As I've a laptop loaded with Windows XP, Ubuntu has not been my primary OS. Since my last date with the present company is this Thrusday & I'll be returning my laptop, I've to make Ubuntu my primary (and only) OS. I'll pen down my experiences here.

The first thing I needed to configure was my DSL Connection. I searched for any utilities, but I couldn't find anything (at least not under System->Preferences or System->Adminstration. After a little bit of Googling, I was able to configure. Here are the steps:


  • First configure your IP address. Select System->Adminstration->Networking

  • In the window, selec the ethernet adapter to which you have connected your DSL modem(mostly you will have only one adapter listed)

  • Select the properties of the adater.

  • If your ISP supports DHCP, select it, if not key in the static IP address that your ISP gave you

  • Go back to the Network settings window and key in the ISP's DNS server IP addresses

  • Now that you have configured your TCP/IP settings, we need to configure the PPPoE settings.

  • Open a terminal window and run "pppoeconf" (you need root permission). The wizard should help you configure the settings.

  • Now if you have not configured to connect at system start up, use the commands - "pon dsl-provider" to connect; "poff" to disconnect and "plog" to view the current status


How good it would be, if there exists a wizard that will guide you thru all the above steps. Hmmmm. Long way to go for Linux to become a common man's OS.

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4 comments:

  1. lokesh Says:

    there is a tool roar penguin tool. I m using this

  2. Subhodip Says:

    "Long way to go for Linux to become a common man’s OS."--- please be careful before commenting in public. The problem is with ubuntu not with others.

    Anyways thanx for the tutorial

  3. Fedora v.s. Ubuntu « Balki’s Weblog Says:

    [...] “Configuring DSL can be a hassle...” “…How good it would be, if there exists a wizard that will guide you thru all the above steps.“ [...]

  4. Balki's Weblog Says:

    it is not that big of deal once you know what to do: connect to eth0, run pppoeconf, and use pon dsl-provider/poff to turn the connection on and off.