Linux,, & fast net access in Malden, MA

Linux,, & fast net access in Malden, MA

Post by Rod Smi » Thu, 28 Jan 1999 04:00:00


I'm moving to Malden, Massachusetts (a Boston "suburb," though it's not
very suburban) soon and am looking at net access options.  Malden doesn't
yet seem to be well-wired for fast net access by cable modem or DSL, but
Bell Atlantic claims they'll have DSL up in two or three months.  I was
therefore planning to get a Bell Atlantic dialup PPP account in the hopes
that I won't need to change my e-mail address when I switch from that to
DSL.  I got their Windows-based software and set up an account, which has
a address (unlike most Bell Atlantic discussions I've seen,
which seem to give addresses).  The problem is that I
can't get it to work from Linux.  It works fine from Windows, but when I
try from either Linux (using XISP) or OS/2 I get a message back from the
ISP saying "Error 20 Incorrect account or user ID," followed by an
OS-generated message to the effect that PAP (or CHAP; I've tried both)
authentication failed.  The phrasing of this makes me think they may be
scrambling the login names in some unknown way, though I've also messed
with passwords interminably, to no avail.  I'm using Red Hat Linux 5.2
with PPP 2.3.5, XISP 2.5p4, and kernel 2.2.0-pre1.  I've tried lots of
variations on XISP's entries and the entries in my /etc/ppp/pap-secrets
file.  It all works fine with my current ISP (using different usernames,
passwords, etc., of course).  Again, I get the same behavior in OS/2 as I
do in Linux, so I don't think it's some obscure Linux config problem.
So, does anybody have any ideas on this?

Alternatively, does anybody know of some other company that's offering DSL
service now (or soon) in Malden that I may have overlooked?

Failing that, if anybody would like to recommend a Linux-friendly dialup
ISP in the Boston area, I'm entertaining suggestions for alternatives,
particularly if I might be able to use them via some DSL setup in the near

Rod Smith


1. ppp && PPPoE && ADSL && net && buffer(s)

i have a freebsd box (4.8-RELEASE) and a italian ADSL (256/128 if i remember good) line.
sometimes my freebsd box (that i use as firewall in my little lan) became stalled.
no data arrive and with ping IP i get error about some buffers full.
in ppp.log i see a lot of:
Jun 24 22:45:39 firewall ppp[66]: tun0: Phase: Clearing choked output queue

i search with google on newsgroups but i don't find nothing that work :)

i put some info on the configuration, because i read a lot of question about this parameters :)

kernel config:
maxusers        64
options         NMBCLUSTERS=32768       #expand nic buffer

in ppp.conf:
add default HISADDR

netstat -m:
1/400/131072 mbufs in use (current/peak/max):
        1 mbufs allocated to data
0/182/32768 mbuf clusters in use (current/peak/max)
464 Kbytes allocated to network (0% of mb_map in use)
0 requests for memory denied
0 requests for memory delayed
0 calls to protocol drain routines

netstat -t:
Destination        Gateway            Flags    Refs      Use  Netif Expire
default        UGSc       15  8181837   tun0
localhost          localhost          UH         11   116358    lo0
192.168.0          link#1             UC          3        0    rl0
firewall           00:10:a7:06:7b:50  UHLW        3    31603    lo0
stefano            00:06:4f:01:08:86  UHLW       12 15328918    rl0    900      ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff  UHLWb       0     2635    rl0      hostXXX-172.pool62 UH         19        0   tun0

i hope that someone can help me :)


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