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DSL modem recommendation for 2008

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Hello,

 

Finally looking to upgrade to dsl from dial-up, and running Mandriva 2008. Is there a recommended modem that would be basically plug-and-play?? Looked in the compatibility guide and found no entries. USB or ethernet connection better?? Not looking for wireless or any of that - reliability and ease of use are my priorities.

 

Thanks for any insights.

 

Regards -- Roger

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Depending on what you want to do. If you want one computer to access the internet, then you can use one of these:

 

http://www.netgear.co.uk/adsl_ethernet_modem_dm111p.php

 

this connects directly to your PC via ethernet card and so of course you then need a firewall on your machine to protect it from anyone trying to connect. Another alternative, is buy a DSL router - I've always been buying Netgear, and so the Netgear DG834 is ideal. It comes in various models, DG834, DG834G and DG834GT - I have the GT model, which offers 108mbps wireless but if you don't need it then you can buy a lesser model. Most generally have wireless these days and you can always turn the wireless off anyhow (which is what I did at first). It also has a firewall, so you don't need to configure one on your PC.

 

Or, if you want your Linux machine to be a router/gateway for all other machines in the house, then use the first one I mentioned - just requires extra configuration of your PC for routing/firewall.

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Another alternative, is buy a DSL router - I've always been buying Netgear, and so the Netgear DG834 is ideal. It comes in various models, DG834, DG834G and DG834GT - I have the GT model, which offers 108mbps wireless but if you don't need it then you can buy a lesser model.

 

I have the DG834G (with wireless switched off) - had no problems. :)

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Thanks very much for the info. Contacting my isp to assure there are no restrictions on modem. I have ethernet so will connect that way. For some reason I like the looks of the linksys. Looking forward to getting a speed boost on my connection.

 

Regards -- Roger

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Worked plug and play through the ethernet port!! I am having access problems to some sites. Could be mainly secure sites accessed via modem. Is there a known problem/solution?? Speed is way up, but if you can't get in it is meaningless........

 

Regards -- Roger

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I am having access problems to some sites

 

Maybe you need to disable IPv6. Edit the file /etc/modprobe.conf and add the following line:

 

alias net-pf-10 off

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Disable ipv6, like daniewicz suggested, and pin certain DNS server to your netork config- else Mandriva is using the DNS server of the DHCP server.

I suggest using the OpenDNS free servers:

nameserver 208.67.222.222

nameserver 208.67.220.220

These DNS servers resolve fine and fast for pretty much any site.

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Thanks for the recommendations. Just wanted to clarify what is happening - as an example, I can browse eBay, but when I try and long into my account, it 'connects' to the login page based on dialog on the bottom of the page, and then just hangs (usually use Mozilla, but Konqueror says 97% loaded then can't get further).

 

Also, are there any security issues with disabling the ipv6?? Looked a bit on the web, and it seems like an address extender, but with some security features.....

 

Regards -- Roger

Edited by rogerh

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Hi -

 

Inserted the suggested script to disable IPV6, and no change. Still hangs in the same place on my eBay test case......

 

(I did reboot after the change to make sure the change was loaded)

 

Thanks -- Roger

Edited by rogerh

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No security issues with disabling IPV6. IPV6 is 128 bit addressing so it's completely different to what you are normally using which is IPV4.

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Good idea, but clearing the cache did not help. Still hangs in the same place.

 

I did think that it stalled on all authentication sites, but it does work logging into yahoo mail...... so at least in one case an authentication site does not stall out....??

 

Regards -- Roger

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