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Old 11-17-2007, 08:19 AM
Kevin Mark
Default [debian-users] minicom or ISP? - No urgency - answer if you have time.

On Fri, Nov 16, 2007 at 05:40:34PM -0500, Douglas A. Tutty wrote:
> On Fri, Nov 16, 2007 at 03:08:11PM -0700, Ted Hilts - Thunderbird Acct. wrote:
> > When dialing up my ISP in an interactive mode providing user name and
> > password I get a third prompt with the prompt message "AiiNET". So now
> > I get 3 prompts: "user name", "password", and "AiiNET" where before I
> > just got the 2 prompts "user name" and "password". The ISP would not
> > help saying that they don't support Linux. The ISP has a monopoly out
> > here is rural Alberta, Canada. Since there are some very experienced
> > people on the list maybe someone has run into this third prompt. As I
> > said, it is a relatively new prompt which does not always occur (and I
> > have a somewhat clumsy work-around). Has anyone else run into this
> > situation where the "AiiNET" prompt occurs during manual dial up? In the
> > following paragraph I provide more detail.
> I've never seen an "AiiNET" prompt. What is the required response?

It sounds like you may be seeing a PPP response and misinterpretinging
it. Does it wait for you to hit 'enter' or something, or does it just
continue without your interaction.

> >
> > I use a package called "minicom" on a Linux machine running Slackware
> > which is my lan gateway machine to the Internet via dial up to my ISP. I
> > don't think "minicom" is a debian package (but it may be by some other
> > name)..
> Minicom is a normal debian package.

If it can be done in Windows Hyperterm, minicom can do it.

> > I am gradually migrating my lan Linux machines over to Debian
> > but still have to maintain this Slackware unit until I can get a fast
> > Internet connection and the switch or router will head end everything.
> Why? What can Slackware do that Debian can't? You don't need a fast
> internect connetion to run Debian.
> > I am not sure if the question is about minicom or about the ISP. When
> > the dial up connection is lost minicom is not evoked and so Linux
> > brings up the connection automatically.
> I don't understand what you're saying here.
> > Initially using minicom basically sets up the dial up modem and
> > thereafter all interaction with the ISP is automatic. So when it is
> > automatic I don't really know the details of the interaction.
> You should only need to use minicom to set up a modem once ever (unless
> you need to reprogram it again later). You should be able to set up
> pppconfig to issue whatever connection strings you need.
> Doug.

99.99% of coputer traffic uses stanards-compliant protocols, and for
low speed analog phone communication, that would be PPP. So pon, seyon,
or wvdial should be able to handle it. These have manual and
dial-on-demand functions. So get pppconfig or wvdialconf and it should
only take a few minutes to set it up.
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