MikeL's FreeBSD howto - DSL Notes
This is basically a collection of notes I've jotted down as I've dealt
with my DSL modem over the years.
In Seattle, USWest uses Cisco 675 ADSL modems for it's high-speed
offering. (My original installation was a NetRunner 204 --
predecessor to the 675.)
You may ignore the following -- it's just variations
on above words in order to aid search engines
- When using Microsoft's HyperTerm (builtin terminal emulator on NT,
you must give the dang thing an area code to get in the first
time. Annoying as we're not using a phone line, but that's
- With HyperTerm you'll also have to give this session a name. Use
"DSL" or some such. You may want to put a shortcut on your
desktop to this so you can get there easily.
- With HyperTerm you must select NONE for Flow
Control. Apparently the modem or cable do not properly
support RS-232 (though it could be HyperTerm, who knows.)
- You may use the highest baud rate available (34800) or any lower
if you'd rather.
- Hit the Enter key to get it's attention, then login. I
strongly recommend you set a password. (I'll add a section
on how to do this later, when I remember how it's done.)
- Enter the command
ena and log in with the superuser
- The most important command by far is
WAN0. I don't believe the modem is case sensitive (I
always use lower case, and the above command can be abbreviated to
sho int wan0. You want the "Line Quality xxdb" to be
greater than 18. Between 12db and 18db, USWest
considers this to be a very marginal connection, and expect it to
fall in and out at random. Less than 12db will not make a
connection at all. The max is 54bd -- mine, when working normally
seems to be about 39db.
sho int eth0 gives you info about the in-house
- My modem is in bridging mode, as dictated by my ISP.
- I have never set an IP address to modem, I believe this is only
used when not in bridging mode,.
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