Chapter 10. Connecting to the Internet
This chapter explains how to use Red Hat Linux to connect to the
Internet via a dialup connection. First, it explains how to use
rp3, an X-based program that makes it easy to
connect to the Internet via a Point-to-Point Protocol (PPP)
connection provided by an Internet service provider (ISP). The
chapter also explains how to use
related program that doesn’t require X. Next, the chapter
describes several popular network client applications available under
Linux, including several web browsers and a graphical FTP client.
Finally, the chapter gives some tips on how to configure Linux to
work with your cable or DSL modem.
Configuring Your Modem Using rp3
Most ISPs provide a type of dialup connection known as a PPP connection. ISPs use a variety of dialogs to make a PPP connection. Often the most difficult part of configuring your computer to make a PPP connection is specifying dialog options consistent with those required by your ISP. Technical support representatives of many ISPs may not be especially helpful in explaining the necessary options to customers who use an operating system other than Windows.
rp3 program simplifies making a PPP
connection. It transparently establishes the connection in much the
same way as Windows Dial-up Networking. It understands a variety of
possible dialogs used by ISPs. In most cases, it will analyze data
sent by your ISP and respond with the proper data in the format
required by the ISP.