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Linux® For Dummies®, 8th Edition by Richard Blum, Dee-Ann LeBlanc

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Configuring Your Connection

Okay, so you’ve got your network hardware and your ISP information, now what? The answer is to configure your Fedora system to jump on the Internet!

The configuration process is slightly different depending on the hardware you’re using. This section covers the big three methods for accessing the Internet:

Using a modem to dial to your ISP
Using an Ethernet card to connect to a DSL or cable modem
Using a wireless card to connect to a wireless access point

Each situation requires a few slightly different items to configure, but you can perform all of them by using the Fedora Network Configuration tool.

Dialin’ out

Using a modem to dial a connection to your ISP is a two-step process. First, you must configure your modem with the settings from your ISP. After that, you must manually start and stop the Internet connection (you probably don’t want your modem tying up your phone line all day long). First, work on setting up the modem.

Setting up the modem

With your ISP information in hand and a glowing monitor in front of you, follow these steps to configure your dialup connection to the Internet in Fedora:

1.
From the GUI desktop, choose SystemAdministrationNetwork.
2.
Enter your root password in the dialog box, if necessary. If you’re logged in as a regular ...

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