Basic Guide to Dial-up Internet with Linux
This beginner article summarizes Mark Rais' experiences using a dial-up internet connection with SuSe and Fedora.
Step 1 Start by Connecting and Rebooting
Once you have properly connected your modem and made sure it is on, reboot your Linux system. In all likelihood, your modem will be detected by the Linux hardware detection tool and automatically installed.
Step 2 Get Details from Your ISP
After successfully loading your desktop, you will need to configure your modem, which will require some information from your ISP.
Most ISPs will accommodate you and provide clear answers to your questions, since you are paying them! However, some ISPs require you to use proprietary software to dial in and log on to their service. This may inhibit using the generic Linux tools and require you to use some form of emulator to run your ISP’s software under Linux. If you are stuck with such an ISP, you may want to consider an alternative FREE ISP who fully supports Linux. I’ll provide some tips later on the subject.
In most cases you will simply need to know the local dial-up number to call your ISP.
You should take the time now to contact them if you need to get this information. Here’s what you may want to communicate:
TIP: If your ISP tech person mentions that the ISP “does not support Linux,” acknowledge you understand this and repeat your questions, since you’re not asking them to help provide tech support for Linux, you’re asking them how they allow access to their network for your use.
You will find out shortly something I’ve noticed from my experiences — some ISPs are far nicer about helping you do this than others!
Step 3 Configure the Modem and ISP Info
Once you have your ISP information, you can quickly configure the modem and enter details for accessing the ISP account. You will also need your account id and password, so have them handy as you begin.
As with other configuration examples, I will use actual steps from two of the major flavors (Fedora and SuSe). I’ve successfully used this information while installing other popular flavors too, so they will apply to most of the newer flavors. The tools are often determined by the Desktop you use and so Fedora (uses Gnome) and SuSe (uses KDE) help give a rather well rounded view of how to setup your modem across most flavors.