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Linux® For Dummies®, 8th Edition by Richard Blum, Dee-Ann LeBlanc

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Getting Information You Need from Your ISP

Most reputable ISPs provide you with a customer information sheet after you sign up for its services. This sheet should include the following information at the minimum:

Local telephone dial-in numbers for modem users
User login name
User login password
E-mail address
E-mail outbound host or Simple Mail Transport Protocol (SMTP) server
E-mail inbound host or Post Office Protocol (POP) server
News host
Whether your computer address will be
  • Static: You always have the same IP address. Static addresses are more common for servers than for desktops. If you’re using static, your ISP needs to give you your nameserver IP addresses, your gateway address, the network address, and the netmask. This information should all be on the customer information sheet.

  • Dynamic: Your IP address changes each time you connect, or at regular intervals. On most desktops, you just don’t always need to have the same address, and it makes life easier on ISPs. It also makes life easier for computers like laptops, which get moved around often from network to network. If you’re using dynamic addressing, you’re told that you need to connect by using DHCP.

With this information, you can establish an Internet connection by using your Linux system.

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