[ubuntu-uk] Hooking up a machine running Ubuntu to a Mark 1, BT HomeHub

Rowan rowan.berkeley at googlemail.com
Wed Feb 18 17:13:30 GMT 2009

Your suggestions 5 and 6 are at least non-trivial. But, can I do all 
this configuring of the Ethernet port BEFORE connecting it to the Hub? I 
have two reasons for preferring this: one, I imagine it is better set-up 
procedure in general, to configure ports in advance before connecting 
them (if they are not self-configuring), and two, this Home Hub is 
exceedingly prone to mental indigestion, requiring from time to time a 
hard reset to factory condition, and a wait of an hour or more to 
stabilise itself.

I would consider switching to a Linux-friendly ISP, which would provide 
a Linux-friendly router, if there is such a thing.

As to the ports it has, this is the spec.:
and, as you can see, it has one RJ-45 Ethernet port and 3 USB 2.0 ports.

Michael Holloway wrote:
> Rowan, I think we are all confused that it didn't "just work" as this
> concept is a bit alien to us :-)
> Lets start from the beginning.
> 1. Are the lights on the ethernet ports on both the computer and the BT
> box green/orange flashing etc ?
> 2. You say you have "a multitude" of ports. How many Ethernet ports?
> (Setting up USB is likely to be more difficult).
> 3. Is the ethernet cable you have a normal CAT 5e cable? (I think there
> is a different type of cable with the same plug used for ADSL cable or
> soemthing). 
> 4. Have you tried using a different network cable?
> 5. In the terminal, ("Applications->Accessories->Terminal"), can you
> type "sudo lshw | grep eth" (and enter your password). If there is no
> output then we can assume there is a driver problem. Otherwise it should
> list any ethernet ports.
> 6. If you go to the terminal and type "ifconfig" what is the output?
> ... and then we can take it from there.
> Regards,
> Michael
> On Wed, 2009-02-18 at 16:43 +0000, Rowan wrote:
>> I don't want to sound ungrateful, but I made it clear in my first post 
>> that it didn't just work out of the box like that. You all seem to 
>> assume I haven't even attempted to configure it, but if you read my 
>> first message, I state that I have attempted to connect in the 
>> straighforward way already, and also attempted to use the Network  
>> Connections panel in the computer (which presumably follows a familiar 
>> Ubuntu layout) but I see no Ethernet option there.

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