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

Rowan rowan.berkeley at googlemail.com
Wed Feb 18 17:51:06 GMT 2009

Obviously, the laptop does not have an IP address from the Home Hub. It 
cannot see the Home Hub, nor can the Home Hub see it. This is the point. 
You also say:
"many of the white HomeHubs have myriad problems. The new black ones are 
much more reliable."
This statement appears to be contradicted by other users, in that we 
find on a cursory browsing such online comments as this: "One of the 
more popular alternative operating systems forcing its way onto the 
market is the Linux <http://www.ciao.co.uk/sr/q-linux> system. This very 
basic operating system has been round for years but has become very 
popular this year after the launch of hundreds of super small computers 
<http://www.ciao.co.uk/Computers_5220723_1> on the market. The wonder of 
Linux is that it launches the PC 
<http://www.ciao.co.uk/Computers_5220723_1> almost instantly. I 
purchased a mini computer <http://www.ciao.co.uk/sr/q-mini+computer> for 
my partner a few months back, as she is currently studying and needed 
something smaller than a Laptop computer 
<http://www.ciao.co.uk/sr/q-laptop+computer>. While on the original Home 
Hub the PC worked fine, with this new version I was unable to get the 
computer <http://www.ciao.co.uk/Computers_5220723_1> to connect to it, 
not via Wi-Fi <http://www.ciao.co.uk/sr/q-wi+fi> anyway. When I rang 
<http://www.ciao.co.uk/sr/q-rang> BT I was told that "At this time, 
Linux or similar systems are not supported by the new hub!" ... The sad 
fact of life for me was that greed was not good, in order to get my new 
funky hub I had to part with my old trusty white one, sacrificing signal 
distance and the ability to use a Linux PC. So to conclude, my advice is 
simple, despite sleek appearances the new hub at this moment in time is 
very much something to avoid. If you're sick of your white hub, look at 
it with hatred no more, instead turn round and give it a big kiss, it is 
your friend."

Jacob Williams wrote:
> ISP's aren't linux friendly or linux unfriendly; networking is 
> operating system agnostic.
> Please try logging into your HomeHub through and 
> checking your laptop is listed in the Devices (or similar) section, 
> click on the device icon if present to see if your laptop has an IP 
> address from the HomeHub, if so check that it has not been blocked 
> from accessing the internet in the Access (or similar) section. If 
> these two dialogs show nothing unusual set your DNS addresses through 
> NetworkManager to addresses quoted on OpenDNS.com. Have you tried 
> approaching BT for help? It may be a faulty HomeHub, many of the white 
> HomeHubs have myriad problems. The new black ones are much more reliable.
>     On 18 Feb 2009, 5:19 PM, "Rowan" <rowan.berkeley at googlemail.com
>     <mailto:rowan.berkeley at googlemail.com>> wrote:
>     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.:
>     http://www.linuxcertified.com/linux-notebook-lc2430s.html
>     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 > c...

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