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Sunday, December 28th 2003, 3:05pm

Configuring internet connection using KPPP

I recently downloaded Ark Linux (at an internet cafe) and was trying to setup an internet connection at my home with an external serial 56k modem. After configuring all the settings, KPPP fails to initialize the modem. When configured using wvdial, it works perfectly alright. Even using a tool such as redhat-config-network, it works ok. Now the problem is that default ark linux does not include either wvdial or a tool such as redhat-config-network.
Also, the problem seems to be with KPPP since even when used in Mandrake 9.1, KPPP fails to initialize and dial the modem. Using mandrake control center, it works fine.
What is the cause of this discrepancy? Wasn't programs that do essentially the same thing use common basic libraries to do so? If not, does this mean something in kdenetwork (i presume) is broken?
Lastly, I am quite frustrated with this functionality (or lack of it). Thing is, it is unfair to expect everyone to have broadband internet or necessarily working off a LAN. I'm sure the bulk of users are still using plain old dial-up to browse the net.
Just in case the model of the modem is in question, its Dynalink 56K eModem. Before purchasing the modem, I checked with linux hardware compatibility sites and lists and found that this modem is a standard serial modem which will work perfectly, so I guess one cannot rule it out as a WinModem problem.
Please! Will someone give me a solution or at least explain the difference between working of KPPP and other internet connectivity tools which one is familiar with on the command line? Thanks.
How come I can never come up with something original as my signature?


Sunday, December 28th 2003, 6:38pm

Try this once:
Open up KPPP and click on settings. Go into the modem tab and near the bottom is a button "query modem". Clicking this should auto setup the default recognized modem. If it didnt recognize a modem, then go into the device tab and change the device from /dev/modem(which is the default") to /dev/ttyS0, which is most likely where your serial modem is at. Then try to query the modem, go through the list until you find where the modem is, then KPPP will work.


Monday, December 29th 2003, 7:22am

Do you have permission problem on the serial ports. You need to be able to write to it to order the modem.

See also KPPP's FAQ:

Have a nice day!