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Author TCPIP$CONFIG, ADSL and Mozilla browser (CSWB)

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Posted on March 21 2008 11:21

Installed TCP/IP and CSWB from the hobbyist media kit V4, which worked fine.

Since I've read somewhere that PPP over Ethernet protocol is not supported by OpenVMS, the authentication with my internet provider must be done by the ADSL modem itself.

I used tcpip$config to set the IP of my Alpha workstation to so that I could access the modem's web-interface which is at

The configuration worked fine with CSWB and I got an active connection with the DSL modem in PPPoA (over ATM) mode.

but sadly, the name resolution doesn't work:

With the Mozilla browser ( CSWB ) I get the error "www.anydomain.com could not be resolved" (after a while) or "access refused" (immediately). Guess I made an error in tcpip$config.com

maybe Bind shouldn't be configured in TCP/IP? (I did; took a random domain name for my host.)

The handicap for testing is that I only have a single DSL modem (SpeedTouch 510v5, fw5. for both PC and Alpha.

The PC uses the http://raspppoe.com/ driver where Ethernet network adapters appear as "modems". This driver does the authentication with the modem (which is by factory default in bridge mode; seems to be a speciality of my ISP, i.e.: Orange. I don't know in what mode raspppoe uses the modem.)

Once the connection parameters are configured with the DSL modem's web-interface via the Alpha, the modem's parameters remain persistent, i.e., they survive power off - with the result, that after connecting the modem back to the PC, it no longer connects. I must first restore the modem's factory default parameters and power off/on again.

So I guess, to share the modem, which should be possible, since it also functions as router, better connect both computers to one modem, do the authentication with the PC, and then access the internet on the Alpha. (The latter being my secondary system.) But without changing the PC/modem setup (raspppoe).

But the name resolution problem, which must be on the Alpha side, i.e. TCP/IP configuration, must be fixed first.

If anybody ran into the same or similar problem, I'd like to hear about your solutions. Any help is appreciated.

best regards
Author RE: TCPIP$CONFIG, ADSL and Mozilla browser (CSWB)

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Posted on March 21 2008 23:55
Thank you for your reply. I've read the pages you mentioned.

What your answer implies is that I don't need Bind.

The DSL modem I mentioned above has router and firewall.
it also offers advanced setup for DHCP and NAT via web interface without host support.

since my Alpha system is mainly for software development, I'd need internet access only occassionally. So I'd like the simplest possible solution.

best would be to get a second DSL modem / router / firewall for the Alpha to play with in order to keep my PC internet connection alive.
Author RE: TCPIP$CONFIG, ADSL and Mozilla browser (CSWB)

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Posted on April 02 2008 01:19
> Bridge? Really?

yes, the standard configuration if you use the ISP supplied CD which came with the modem is Bridge.

Here is a quote from

"Utilisateurs Orange : les [SpeedTouch] livrés dans les packs sont "modifiés" selon la sauce Orange, ils sont configurés en mode bridge pour fonctionner avec les programmes du CD, ce qui revient à utiliser une Rolls pour tondre le gazon !!!"

the page recommends to use Router mode; it is not mandatory to use the CD they supplied. (I didn't use any software on the CD furnished by the ISP. As I said above, I use the raspppoe.com/ driver although I don't know what does. when I look via the modem's web interface (while connection is offline), the modem is in bridge mode.)

a demo of the modem's web interface is here:

but please don't loose any more time with this modem. I'll get another one to experiment with.
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