ISDN PPP for Dummies!

Simon Clayton Simon at
Tue Oct 31 10:27:25 GMT 2000

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.



-----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
>(ppp.conf looks pretty straight forward) but I am conscious of the fact
>I don't want the system to raise the line at every verse end with no good

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.

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