Looking for dialup hardware solution

Duncan MacGregor dbmacg-HLeSyJ3qPdM at public.gmane.org
Wed Jul 16 02:21:47 UTC 2008

I use a 486 as a dial-up router. It has a modem card and a NIC card and 16mb, 
which is sufficient to run Freesco , a small Linux distribution that boots 
from  floppy and runs in the 16mb. There is a both telnet   and an HTML 
interface to it. I have used PCi and ISA hardware modems over the years.

My other machines connect  to the dial-up using RJ45 connections.
Also, I have a wireless router set up  to accommodate my kids' laptops. The 
laptops connect wirelessly through to the dial-up router to go out to the 

The 486 is sacrificial. Several previous modems have been fried by lightning,  
apparently because of  poorly implemented Bell grounding practices. 


On July 15, 2008 03:15:46 pm James Knott wrote:
> > The USB-Serial adaptors look to be the cheapest answer, but the
> > clumsiest (you'll need the adaptor as well as a DB9-DB25 cable to use
> > with your modem). A USB modem will be more expensive, but more compact,
> > more portable and more energy efficient (as most of these modems can
> > draw power from the USB, compared to your sportster which needs its own
> > brick).
> You can also get a DE9 to DB25 adapter but just make sure you get a USB
> serial port adapter with a long enough cable.

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