Qwest DLS & MSN Premium & Linksys Router & FreeBSD.. Oh my

Eric F Crist ecrist at secure-computing.net
Tue Oct 25 03:27:57 PDT 2005

On Oct 24, 2005, at 10:47 PM, Kris Anderson wrote:

> Hey folks,
> I'm getting off cable (Comcast and 6 megabits) and
> either looking at Qwest DSL w/MSN premium or a service
> called Clear Wire (Wireless internet).
> I'm a bit baffled because Qwest says they have a deal
> that I could get DSL for $19.99 a month for a year. Of
> course the fine prints MSN is the ISP so forth and so
> on.


> How I had it previously was Comcast's modem to
> wireless router (Linksys WRT-54G), a little Linksys
> switch, FreeBSD and misc. Windows computers happily
> sharing the connection.
> Just to confirm, my guess is that this would not be
> the service to go with since I would love to have my
> spiffy Linksys Router (WRT-54G) hook to the DSL. And
> to the WR54G the usual network systems of FreeBSD, and
> misc Windows computers.
> If the above isn't going to work then I'm stuck with a
> different bundle (a few bucks more) that would allow
> me to do the same thing. I hope. I'm not familiar with
> the way in which DSL does its connectivity thing.
> Okay, I saw in a previous question that PPoE is needed
> with DSL. And I noticed that I could set my WRT54G to
> utilize PPoE, so maybe MSN ISP & Qwest service will
> work?
> So am I right in still thinking that with MSN as the
> ISP my setup it isn't going to be FreeBSD friendly and
> that my spiffy little Comcast setup isn't going to
> work with MSN as the ISP?
> Most appreciated. Gah, that means I'm probably not
> going to be needing my little WRT-54G router then. :~(
> Hope I wasn't to confusiong there.

Your FreeBSD system will work fine.  You login credentials get  
entered into the DSL router/modem.  If you want to do some  
webhosting, etc out of your home, spend the extra money and utilize a  
*real* ISP.  Even Qwest.net supports static IP addresses (up to a /26).


Eric F Crist                  "I am so smart, S.M.R.T!"
Secure Computing Networks              -Homer J Simpson

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