(OK, I'm crossposting, but I think this is benign enough to not start
any OS flamewars)
I have a dual boot box running NT4 (sp3) and RedHat 6.2 w. Gnome.
I'm curious about the differences in the dial-up PPP interface.
On NT, I use the DialUp Networking tool, it runs the script, then
pops up a little box for a few seconds that says:
Connected to: Netaxs
Line Speed: 46,660 bps
(Sometimes I instead get other numbers such as 31,000 bps or 43,000
bps. or something similar)
On Linux, I use the RH dialup tool, which after running the script
pops up a little window showing a red & green LED-ish thingy which
changes according to the incoming bits. (the rate is shown at the
bottom in numbers)
- What exactly is NT doing that it can determine the bps? Is it
sending out some kind of intial ping and then translating it into a
rate for the little popup?
- The deeper question: is this bps rate in the little popup my true
connection speed, or was it just the momentary rate at the time of
connection? Or are different modems on the other end at my ISP
really sending out at various rates? (The times when the intial bps
are slow, they stay slow)
- On the Linux side, how can I tell the equivalent of what NT gives me
as the initial bps rate? What terminal command is most applicable?
Or is the intial bps rate (shown in the NT popup) irrelevant for the
life of the PPP connection?
Thanks in advance.