System Administration Guide: Network Services

Before Configuring a PPPoE Client

PPPoE client implementations usually consist of the following equipment:

Many different DSL configurations are possible, which depend on the user or corporation's needs and the services that are offered by the provider.

Table 16–6 Planning for PPPoE Clients



If setting up a home PPPoE client for an individual or yourself, get any setup information that is outside the scope of PPPoE. 

Ask the telephone company or ISP for any required setup procedures. 

If setting up PPPoE clients at a corporate site, gather the names of users who are being assigned PPPoE client systems. If you configure remote PPPoE clients, you might be responsible for giving users information about adding home DSL equipment. 

Ask management at your company for a list of authorized users. 

Find out which interfaces are available on the PPPoE client. 

Run the ifconfig -a command on each machine for interface names.

(Optional) Obtain the password for the PPPoE client. 

Ask users for their preferred passwords. Or, assign passwords to the users. Note that this password is used for link authentication, not for UNIX login.