Internet access : connecting to broadband using log-in and password ??

Vincent Trouilliez vincent.trouilliez at
Wed Aug 26 16:22:49 UTC 2009

On Wed, 26 Aug 2009 18:05:58 +0200
Nils Kassube <kassube at> wrote:

> Your assumption that it is "Alcatel Speedtouch"

Yeah, it's not an assumption, I did see the modem and his user
manual... it IS a speedtouch...just can't remember if there was a more
detailled identification string than just "speedtouch"...

> points to ADSL and not cable devices.

YUep as I mentionned in an earlier e-mail, it is ADSL. I refered to
cable when speaking of my own modem, not my dads. SOrry if I was
unclear or confusing...

> If that is correct you could probably use 
> the networkmanager setup for DSL or use pppoeconf.

Will try.

> But if it is something else, maybe someone has an idea if you can tell us the name of 
> the device. And from what I read, it looks like many cable modems work 
> with proprietary Windows only drivers :(

It's not a cable modem, but all the cable modems my ISP gave me
through the years, were all external devices connected to the computer
via Ethernet, so no drivers needed : DHCP magic does it all
automatically ! :-)

>From all the responses I got so far, it seems that my question is out
of the ordinary, to my surprise, and I don't get a quick ans straight
forward answer. I can only assume that the ADSL modems used in France
are different than other countries ! So I will try posting on the
French Ubuntu forum. Since 95% of the people will already be using a
similar modem, just about every body on that forum ought to be able to
answer accurately and quickly, since they have already face the problem.

Thanks to everyone who helped...


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