> I just found out that I can't get DSL for my home computer, so I'm
> hoping I can get cable modem. I live in Montgomery County, Maryland,
> and as far as I know, the only cable company operating in that area is
> Cable TV Montgomery (www.ctvm.com) and their ISP is ExpressNet
> (www.ex-pressnet.com). According to ExpressNet's web site, the system
> requirements for High Speed Cable Modem Service is a PC running Windows
> 95 or 98.
> Since I pretty much only run linux on my home computer, I am wondering
> if anybody has set up their linux machine to use the cable modem service
> provided by Cable TV Montgomery and ExpressNet, and if so, if it
> required a special setup.
> Also, if there is another cable modem provider in that area (Rockville,
> Maryland), I would love to hear about it.
> Any information will be greatly appreciated.
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> Before you buy.
I have a cable modem provided by another company, but I think
they are all more or less the same. They provide a cable modem
and your computer has a network card (which you can provide
or they will add). To your computer it looks as if you
were connected directly to a network, so there is no difference
between how you would configure Linux from what you would do
in that case.
Your only problem would be that when setting you up, the
cable tech will expect to find Windows. Otherwise he won't
be able to check that it works. But all he will do is
install the driver for the network card if he needs to put
one in and then configure Windows for tcp/ip using the network
card. At least that is what happened in my case.
To get Linux to talk to the network all I had to do was
put an appropriate
alias eth0 XXXXX
where XXXXX.o was the appropriate module for my card, and
use the network configuration utility (from control-panel)
to set up for a dhcp connection. It makes sense to
arrange also to active the interface at boot. I am running
RedHat 6.1, and it somehow figured out how to setup
/etc/resol.conf to tell my system what the nameservers are.
If you want to check that it is running, use
which will give you your current ip address.
/sbin/pump -i eth0 -s
will give you additional information including what the
ip numbers for the nameservers are.
Dept. of Mathematics, Northwestern Univ., Evanston, IL 60208