On Tue, Jun 17, 2003 at 10:33:43AM -0700, [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: > Greetings fellow B.S.D. enthusiasts. Recently, I requested installation > of a television cable at my home in Sacramento, California. The cable > operator is Comcast. I requested connection of the television cable to my > computer, which is a service that the operator advertises profusely. The > telephone sales representative assured me that all things are possible, > including both a Unix operating system, and an in-house L.A.N. The > installation technician spent some time installing the cable, then attached > it through a Motorola DOCSYS modem to the NIC board on the computer. The > computer saw the cable network, but the cable refused to accept a logon > request from the computer. The technician said that he believed that > neither B.S.D. nor any other Unix, nor any Microsoft product that could be > programmed to act as a server was acceptable. Has any other person had the > same problem? How did you solve it? If I insist on a B.S.D. connection, > how do I locate a B.S.D. friendly internet service provider in Sacramento? > If I insist on B.S.D., am I confined to a 56 kb Hayes-type telephone modem? > Any comments or advice is appreciated. [EMAIL PROTECTED]
You didn't give any hints as to how the service was to be implemented. Did the technician copy your NIC's MAC address and phone it in? Or did he/she expect to access a web page to enable your service? Or was anything said about PPPoE? DHCP? Did they leave the modem installed? Did they provide a URL detailing online how to connect a Mac or Windows system? If so, somebody could interpret it and explain what needs to be done. As for my cablemodem, with both services I have had the tech exclaimed, "Easiest installation I've ever done" as when it was all hooked up and the modem LED's indicated it was talking to its upstream master I typed, "dhclient fxp0" and was online. In both cases the NIC MAC address had to be phoned in. Another site was almost as simple but required an https web browser to initially register with username and password. Then it snagged a copy of my MAC address. And that was all that had to be done. But for the fact I was installing a headless FreeBSD firewall/router/vpn machine. The easiest thing was to plug in my PowerMac G4-400 and register the connection. Then used the "lladdr" feature of ifconfig to change the MAC address of the FreeBSD NIC. Placed it in /etc/start_if.xl0 so as to be run before dhclient runs: ifconfig xl0 lladdr 00:12:34:56:78:90 It was easier than trying to convince tech support to unregister one MAC so that another could be registered. Later went looking and couldn't figure out how to do the same for my Macintosh. As a result I can't connect my Mac to that network because the firewall isn't happy to see somebody else using one of its MAC addresses. All 3 cases above used DHCP and not PPPoE. -- David Kelly N4HHE, [EMAIL PROTECTED] ===================================================================== The human mind ordinarily operates at only ten percent of its capacity -- the rest is overhead for the operating system. _______________________________________________ [EMAIL PROTECTED] mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"