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Setup internet on Linux using a DSL router

Pappu Kumar
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Joined: Oct 01, 2002
Posts: 69
I am trying to setup my Red Hat Linux 9.0 box to connect to my DSL router.
I did the following , connected the Linux box to my router using the CAT 5 cable.
I ran netconfig on Linux and first tried to get IP automatically using DHCP , when i restart the machine (or do : service network start). I get the error : determining ip address for eth0 failed no link present ...check cable.
I then tried manually setting ip address....then i dont get any errors , but i cant ping the router or any other machine on the network. But i can ping the IP address i just assigned myself.
I have no clue what to do next... please help
Michael Ernest
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Joined: Oct 25, 2000
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You may be using the wrong kind of cable. Some routers require you to connect with a "straight-through" instead of a cross-over cable.

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Adrian Yan
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Joined: Oct 02, 2000
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When you assign the box IP, it's still not on the network, since you can't ping any other boxes. Do you have DHCP client software running on your linux system? can you just do a ifconfig eth0 up and see if the interface gets started?
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