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 wvdial, a 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.

The 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.

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