Can be used to dial out an ISP
Not that many Linux or computer users, for that matter, use dial-up Internet connection anymore, but ppp can be used to dial out an ISP (Internet Service Provider) using the “pppd call apex” command. However you will need to configure the /etc/ppp/peers/apex file before you can actually use the application.
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Using the above command to start a dial-up connection from your Linux box, you will have to add the following lines to your /etc/ppp/peers/apex file:
ttyS0 38400 crtscts
connect '/usr/sbin/chat -v -f /etc/ppp/chat/apex'
The software also contains a chat script located at /etc/ppp/chat/apex, which can look like this:
ABORT "NO CARRIER"
ABORT "NO DIALTONE"
ABORT "NO ANSWER"
In addition, if you Internet service provider user PAP authentication, you will have to set up your /etc/ppp/pap-secrets file like this:
# Secrets for authentication using PAP
# client server secret IP addresses
softpedia apex "notmypassword"
Is this tool really useful?
The short answer is no, if you connect to the Internet using a fiber optic T1 line and your ISP doesn't uses modems. Otherwise, you will need to install the ppp (Point-to-Point Protocol) package to dial your ISP from your GNU/Linux or Solaris box. The software is available for download as a universal source archive, but it can be easily installed from the default software repositories of your operating system.
Reviewed by Marius Nestor, last updated on September 9th, 2014
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