I just thought I'd post my solution to the above statement as the
ppp-howto poved to be useless in my case.
The following is to set up a machine 184.108.40.206 to talk to machine
On the machine of ip=220.127.116.11 type in the following set of
1. pppd -crtscts local passive silent /dev/ttyS0 38400 &
This command brings the ppp0 interface into being. The local option
tells the link not to use the modem control lines. The passive option
tells the link to not answer any ad-hoc packets coming in and the silent
option tells the link not to send any ad-hoc packets out.
When doing this the silent and passive options were vital as the link
seemed to crash after a short time period.
Note also /dev/ttyS0 is com1 and ttyS1 is com2. You can use either..
2 Type in ifconfig -a
This queries your interfaces eth0, eth1 ppp0 etc.
It essentially finds out what interfaces are there on your system.
At this point do not worry if your ppp0 interface does not show up
here..It doesn't mean it hasn't been created.It just ain't shown yet !!
I haven't a clue why this happens but proceed to the next step...
3 Type in
ifconfig ppp0 18.104.22.168 pointopoint 22.214.171.124 netmask 255.255.255.255
If you're feeling adventurous at this point type in ifconfig -a and
if your ppp0 interface didn't show up in step 2 ,it should now...
4. Type in ifconfig ppp0 up
This should bring the interface up at this point. This is vital.
At step 2 after typing in ifconfig -a the interface would not have
been up,,, now it is. Not it will say UP somewhere on the ppp0
interface output garble from ifconfig -a. From what I can remember it
doesn't say DOWN when it is down,,,most confusing..
5. Type in route add -host 126.96.36.199
We will now go to the other machine 188.8.131.52 and repeat steps 1 to 5.
for the other end of the connection........
6 type in pppd -crtscts local passive silent /dev/ttyS0 38400 &
7. type in ifconfig -a
Note that ppp0 may not appear here....yet.
8. type in
ifconfig ppp0 184.108.40.206 pointopoint 220.127.116.11 netmask 255.255.255.255
Note here how the ip no's are different for the opposite end of the link..
9. type in ifconfig ppp0 up
Again type in ifconfig -a at this point to see what is what.
10 type in
route add -host 18.104.22.168
Note here how the ip no is different from the route command made on the
other end of the link....
11 And finally ping away ......ecstasy....
For newbies - on machine 22.214.171.124 type in
It does form quite a stable link although ftp bombs out on fairly
heavy loads.. I don't know why this is. You can plug and unplug
the laplink cable while a ping is going and it will just recover
and keep on pinging...I suppose tcp/ip really is that robust...
I hope this helps a few people out.It took me ages to do. I note that you
have to deal with 3 seperate things - ppp itself, the ppp0 interface which
you really treat like an eth0 interface and finally the route to the other
Would appreciate any feedback on successes, failure etc