> Do you need any special hardware/software? Is there any
> HOWTO's out there?
Special hardware: No.
Special software? Depends on your definition of special.
If special like 'not installed in most distributions by default' then yes.
If special like 'some sort of * program I've to build myself' then NO.
You need pppd with ppoep extension/plugin (any recent version of pppd should
do fine). Also you need a newer Linux kernel for PPoEP support, but only
the very outdated kernel versions lack this.
Quote:> if it's possible to plug the DSL plug directly into a system that
> can "become" the ADSL router
Now read this HOWTO:
This is written for Gentoo Linux, but things are quite similiar for other
distributions. And since Linux is all about freedom of choice, most of the
steps outlined there can be varied in a lot of combinations. For example
this HOWTO mentions dnsmasq. I for myself however use a combination of
dhcpd and djbdns for the same effect and to place my local network into a
subdomain of some the second level domains I own. Instead of ISC ntpd I use
the ntpd of the OpenBSD project, as another variation.
Of course if you just want to refurbish some old box into a router, using a
special purpose Linux distribution developed for that kind of job would be
the obvious chioce. There are fli4l, IPcop and a few others.