ISDN PPP for Dummies!

Brian Somers brian at
Wed Nov 1 22:32:24 GMT 2000

You need to build a new kernel.  Check out LINT for details on how to 
add the isic driver (and necessary option).

> OK, a bit shabby on the response times! but I have been out and purchased a
> BT Speedway ISDN PCI card (item code 871550) which I have installed in one
> of my dev servers.  I have checked and the BIOS shows the card when booting
> but I cannot see anything in the dmesg text to indicate that FreeBSD 4.0 has
> found the card - can anyone tell me what I should be looking for?
> The system is running with a generic kernel - do I need to rebuild the
> kernel with extra devices? If so which ones?
> Any help would be greatly appreciated.
> Regards
> Simon
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Iain M Weir [mailto:email at]
> Sent: 29 August 2000 15:25
> To: Simon Clayton
> Cc: freebsd-users at
> Subject: Re: ISDN PPP for Dummies!
> On Tue, 29 Aug 2000 11:38:00 +0100, you wrote:
> >Firstly, which PCI ISDN cards do people recommend and where can they be
> >sourced from?
> ELSA 1000pro PCI. Don't know about this one
> AVM Fritz!Card PCI  (this is sold as the BT speedway in the uk) from
> BT. insight, dabs etc
> >Secondly, is there an idiots guide to setting up a FreeBSD box to be an IP
> >router out over ISDN?  Basically, do I have to have IPFW and NAT setup, if
> >so how difficult is it? Then how to I setup PPP to route out to the
> internet
> >(ppp.conf looks pretty straight forward) but I am conscious of the fact
> that
> >I don't want the system to raise the line at every verse end with no good
> >reason.
> Setting up the card as per the care and feeding of i4b
> using sppp, and
> nat/firewall as per
> is easy and works well for me. However if you want multilink you need
> userland ppp which is still giving me one or two problems.
> Hope that helps ,
> Cheers iain.

Brian <brian at>                        <brian@[uk.]>
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