[Gllug] AOL broadband through ntl

Christopher Hunter chrisehunter at blueyonder.co.uk
Mon Aug 16 21:23:28 UTC 2004

On Monday 16 Aug 2004 9:51 pm, Pip wrote:
> I've just managed to install Fedora Core 2 on someone's XP computer.
> Everything's working fine except that there's no internet connection.
> With Windows, the connection is through an AOL broadband modem
> connected through ntl. It's attached through an ethernet cable (now -
> it was using USB when I first got to it) and is activated through AOL
> software on Windows.
> Initially, I tried just bringing up eth0 with dhcp bootprotocol, but
> that failed. Then I tried setting things up with adsl-setup, but ifup
> ppp0 constantly had CHAP authentication failures and wouldn't connect.
> What comes next? I'd really like my friend to be able to use Fedora as
> standard, but without the broadband, it's somewhat crippled. Are there
> any sites that can tell me what I should be doing to get this working?
> Thanks.

First thing - you can entirely forget AOL.  They use a unique set of bizarre 
protocols, and only release their software in a Windoze flavour, and are 
entirely incompatible with anything Linux (thank goodness). 

We routinely block AOL mail, as their (l)userbase isn't computer savvy at all, 
and the majority of their subscribers have machines riddled with worms, 
trojans, viruses and spyware.....

If your pal is connected via NTL, perhaps he should use them as his ISP - you 
can then use all your favourite browsers, mail and news programmes.



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