Step-by-Step Guide

Configuring a SUSE Linux 10 modem

Modems are notorious for being something of a problem area for Linux enterprise systems because many of the internal PCI modems that are on sale are not true modems, but are what is known as winmodems or soft modems. The idea behind winmodems is that some of the functionality of the modem can be offloaded from hardware into software— the software in question being the Windows operating system. As these devices are designed to work only with Windows and in theory require a Microsoft operating system to work, it is not surprising that there are difficulties getting them to work on SUSE Linux 10. So there are three possibilities:

  • You have an old-fashioned external serial modem. These will always work under Linux.
  • You have a winmodem. This may or may not work with Linux.
  • You have an internal true hardware modem. In almost all cases this will work with Linux.

    Winmodem support has improved considerably, and some previously unsupported modems now work with Linux enterprise systems. SUSE Linux 10 supports at least the SmartLink and Lucent ltmodem types. During the installation, if YaST detects that you have a supported winmodem, it will install the necessary package to provide driver support.

    Assuming that your modem is supported, YaST asks you for the necessary information to set up the modem and your dial-up connection. In the first screen of the setup you are asked for a dial prefix if necessary (a prefix you might need to get an outside line, for example)

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