BT Internet and FreeBSD

Jeff LaCoursiere jeff at jeff.net
Mon Oct 29 22:11:31 GMT 2001


Hi James,

I haven't had these problems yet, but I will be braced for them :)  I am
currently on the number 08089933001...  I don't think I have had a busy
signal yet, and the throughput is decent enough for me to ssh into boxes
back in the states that I need access to for mail, etc.  So far I'm happy,
but I have only had it for a week.  Time will tell.  I was using
freeserve, but the per minute charges were killing me - almost 200 pounds
last month without realizing it until the bill came.

The actuall issue with FreeBSD was modem settings.  After sending in my
success story I later moved my modem, involving unplugging it from the
wall... when I later dialled I had the same problem :)  So I pulled the
settings from the broken modem, booted windows again and dialled in
successfully, back to FreeBSD and dumped the settings again.  Apparently
factory defaults for USR Sportser modems are incmpatible with BT.  For
posterity (and the archives), use this initialization string for Sportser
Flash 56K external modems:

AT&A3&B1&H1&R2

These were the differences between factory settings and a working set.  A
quick AT&W and modem reboots no longer break my connection ;)

I'll keep an eye out for busy signals!

Thanks,

j

On Mon, 29 Oct 2001, James McGuire wrote:

> You'll be happy to know that neither your modem, or user-ppp are to blame in
> this sitation
> 
> See the following for more details
> 
> http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/archive/21884.html
> 
> http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/archive/21884.html
> 
> Especially these two, as you're probably under the false impression that
> "Anytime" means All the time...
> 
> http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/archive/22141.html
> 
> http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/archive/22202.html
> 
> Simple thing is, if you've been put on the 08089933001 number, you should
> get reasonable performance, if however they put you on the 08089933004
> number, you'll likely have to reconnect 10+ times at peak hours before you
> get on... for example
> 
> Oct 10 19:50:22 Box ppp[409]: Warning: Chat script failed
> Oct 10 19:51:00 Box ppp[409]: Warning: Chat script failed
> Oct 10 19:51:52 Box ppp[409]: Connect: Received: CONNECT 48000^M
> Oct 10 19:52:44 Box ppp[409]: Connect: Received: CONNECT 46667^M
> Oct 10 19:53:28 Box ppp[409]: Connect: Received: CONNECT 46667^M
> Oct 10 19:54:12 Box ppp[409]: Connect: Received: CONNECT 46667^M
> Oct 10 19:54:56 Box ppp[409]: Connect: Received: CONNECT 48000^M
> Oct 10 19:55:44 Box ppp[409]: Connect: Received: CONNECT 46667^M
> Oct 10 20:25:32 Box ppp[409]: Warning: Chat script failed
> Oct 10 20:26:10 Box ppp[409]: Warning: Chat script failed
> Oct 10 20:27:02 Box ppp[409]: Connect: Received: CONNECT 46667^M
> Oct 10 20:27:32 Box ppp[409]: Warning: Chat script failed
> Oct 10 20:28:25 Box ppp[409]: Connect: Received: CONNECT 46667^M
> Oct 10 20:28:55 Box ppp[409]: Warning: Chat script failed
> Oct 10 20:29:33 Box ppp[409]: Warning: Chat script failed
> Oct 10 20:30:25 Box ppp[409]: Connect: Received: CONNECT 46667^M
> Oct 10 20:31:09 Box ppp[409]: Connect: Received: CONNECT 46667^M
> 
> It's at its worst on Sundays, my advice:
> 
> http://www.virgin.net/ (coming soon apprntly)
> http://www.freeserve.co.uk/
> http://www.fast24.net/
> http://www.clara.net/
> 
> Or petition Brian Sommers with me to make AOL work under ppp!
> 
> James
> 
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Jeff LaCoursiere" <jeff at jeff.net>
> To: <freebsd-users at uk.freebsd.org>
> Sent: Monday, October 29, 2001 11:13 AM
> Subject: BT Internet and FreeBSD
> 
> 
> >
> > Just thought I would pass on my solution - for recap I was trying to run
> > NAT and dial-on-demand PPP with BT Internet as I had done successfully in
> > Texas, and could not get LCP established.
> >
> > I was using an external Sportster 33.6 modem in my attempts, and it would
> > connect but no packets were exchanged.  After pulling most of my hair out
> > I booted the box in windows (I left a small partition for running MAME
> > :) and used dial-up networking to establish a link, just to prove the
> > modem actually functioned.  It connected fine.  I then booted FreeBSD
> > again and ppp came up with no hassles.  So I can only assume that dial-up
> > networking sent some initialization string to the modem and woke it up!
> >
> > I am up and running my small network now and am very happy :)
> >
> > Thanks for all the suggestions...
> >
> > Jeff LaCoursiere
> > jeff at jeff.net
> >
> >
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