ppp

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An Open Source Point-to-Point Protocol implementation under Linux and Solaris systems

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ppp (also known as Paul's PPP Package) is an open source command-line software project designed from the ground up to implement the PPP (Point-to-Point Protocol) technology on any GNU/Linux operating system, as well as on the Solaris OSes.

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.

I want to see some example!

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'

defaultroute

user softpedia

remotename 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 "ERROR"

ABORT "NO ANSWER"

ABORT "BUSY"

TIMEOUT 90

REPORT CARRIER

"" at

OK "atw1&d0&c1"

OK

atdt62485791

"~"

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.

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