Modem and Network Connection
John M. Moniz
john.moniz at sympatico.ca
Mon Mar 19 23:48:22 UTC 2007
I recently installed Ubuntu 6.06 from a live CD to my mother-in-law's PC
and there were a few things I am not yet happy with. But I'll just stick
to the modem and networking issues.
1) When the PC boots up, the modem dials the ISP all on its own. That's
actually pretty annoying as the first task always has to be to break the
connection unless she's immediately going to the internet. I could not
find a configuration to disable the dialing at boot and I don't like my
solution, which was to rename /etc/ppp/dial_on_boot (I'm going by memory
on the file name, so may be slightly off). There's probably a
configuration somewhere for this and it would be nice to know what it is.
Dialing up the modem on demand is not very convenient the way I left it
2) I have put the network connection icon on her desktop and on the top
panel so she can connect or disconnect from the network. Somehow, I
don't think this network connection utility is the best thing to use
because it is really a network configuration utility. As such, takes a
while to open up (since it searches for existing configurations every
time) and it also requires a password each time. Even getting rid of the
password requirement would be a help, but a quick dialing script would
3) For dialing the modem, I actually found some applet (red telephone
icon) that I added to the top panel and it seems that it's what I'm
looking for. But it simply doesn't work. It doesn't dial and it doesn't
disconnect. It is also suppose to give the connection status, but
sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn't. And I can't bring up the
properties to see if there is something that I could reconfigure to make
it work. I also can't tell what the name of that utility is to reinstall.
Any ideas on any of the above would be appreciated.
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