NTL and FreeBSD

Scott Mitchell s.mitchell at computer.org
Sat May 13 14:00:51 BST 2000


On Fri, May 12, 2000 at 06:38:10PM +0100, Mark Ovens wrote:
> Is anyone using NTL (as opposed to BT) to connect to their ISP from
> FreeBSD? I mean those with a BT line but with the NTL adaptor box
> plugged into the BT socket?

I'm using ntlworld over a BT line (ie. using the 1263 indirect prefix), i=
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that's what you mean?  The modem isn't connected through the adaptor box =
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I wouldn't trust it not to mess with the connection - but the box seems t=
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work fine for voice calls, so far.

> If so, is it easy to set up (as usual, they only supply Win and Mac
> s/w) and what's the speed like?

Registration was a bit awkward on a non-Windows/Mac machine, but once
that's sorted it's a normal PPP connection.  Speedwise, it's great,
noticeably better than FreeServe who I was using before.  The modem alway=
s
connects at 33k6 (which is as fast as it goes...), ntl's mail/news server=
s
are generally pretty zippy, bandwidth to the rest of the net is good.
That's in Cambridge, mind you, it might not be so good in other parts of
the country; I guess it depends which part of ntl's network you're
connecting to.

Anyway, for =A310/month (including a =A310 call allowance), I'm happy.

	Scott

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