Linux Pacbell DSL Setup

Last Modified: June 20, 2002

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Okay, so you have 2 (or more) computers and your too cheap to pay for "PREMIUM" access. Well guess what, they stick you with something called PPPoE (PPP over ETHERNET) it makes setup a LITTLE more work, but it won't stop us! Here is what you will need:

  • A linux box with 1 network card (redhat 6.0 or greater is best)
  • A 10MB hub ($20-$25)
  • A copy of PPPoE from, ROAR!

First you need to make sure you have the following options compiled into your kernel:
(run make menuconfig in /usr/src/linux)

In the Network Device section

Install the PPPoE Package from Roaring Penguin, just run the /usr/sbin/adsl-setup program (its kick ass automagic!)

Okay create a /etc/rc.d/rc.local file that looks like this:
Next plug EVERYTHING into your hub

Now setup your client machines with a 192.168.0.XXX address
and a gateway of and your done.