> Does anyone know how to connect Linux to Netcom's ix.netcom.com?
> Netcom told me that it isn't possible but they have a Unix Shell
> account available. Only problem is that they don't provide that shell
> account in my area, only their graphical account (ix.netcom.com). I
> have a knowledgable friend who says it is possible theoretically but
> can't give me any details because he hasn't tried it himself. Any
> suggestions would be most appreciated.
I currently use Netcom for my Internet feed. Here's how I got my Linux
machine to connect using PPP:
1) Make sure your kernel was compiled with PPP and IP Forwarding
2) If you haven't done so already, install the latest PPP package.
3) Create a shell script called Netcom (or whatever you want) with the
following in it:
pppd /dev/cua1 19200 connect 'chat -v "" ATDT2340524 CONNECT "" \
"ogin:--ogin:" \#your_login "word:" your_password' noipdefault crtscts
ipcp-accept-local ipcp-accept-remote defaultroute
4) Make the above script executable by running chmod.
5) Add the address(es) to the name server(s) to your /etc/resolv.conf
file. Netcom can supply you with these.
6) Run this script as root (I haven't changed the permissions yet) and
listen to your modem for a connection. Once a connection is made, you
can tail /var/log/messages to see the IP address assigned to you. From
that point on, you should be able to ping, telnet, ftp, whatever.
Of course, you need to put in your own local Netcom phone number and
your own username and password in the above script. Also make sure that
you change /dev/cua1 if your modem is not set up as COM2 (sorry for the
Netcom requires a hash mark ("#") in front of the login name in order
to recognize your call as a PPP connection, not a shell account. You
need to use a backslash ("\") in front of the hash mark as an escape
character so that the shell script will pass it along.
I've figured this out by trial and error and I don't pretend to
understand all of the details. I'm sure that someone else would be able
to point out errors or make corrections to what I've written here. Good
-- Ludio Nieves --