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Will Cisco 857 solve my problem?

My ADSL provider loses sync during bad weather and cannot do anything about it. The issued modem also drops the connection. My problem is I have to travel 60 miles to power cycle the modem(s) to regain dsl service. If this only happened occasionally I wouldn't be on this forum.

I called Cisco to see if they had a product which would reconnect the dsl signal automatically when it became available again. (saving me time and money)

The 857 integrated router was recommended.

Today I was able to replace the issued modem with the 857 and was successful in gaining Internet access with an WinXP box. Not a problem.

I then tried to connect a linux box but was unable to gain Internet access.

My two questions-

#1 Will the 857 autoconnect after a dropped connection? If not, can you guide me to a solution.

#2 Can this unit be setup with a Suse linux box? I believe I set basics correctly but still no luck.

This is my first exposure to Cisco products and I'm still new to dsl and linux.

Thanks for reading this and have a great evening.

Thank You for your assistance.


Re: Will Cisco 857 solve my problem?

Hey CanyonDSL,

As for question 1: Yes it should only be administrativily down, so it should pop back up.

As for question 2:

I think I may know your issue here since I have thought that I could create an emulator at a Linux console (monitor) by setting the environment variable TERM to the type of terminal they would like to emulate, like VT 100. When it did not work I was wondering why not? Linux actually emulates term type; Linux. Setting the TERM environment variable to any type of terminal other than "Linux" will not result in emulating that other terminal, it corrupted my interface since I have falsely declared that my terminal is of a type different from what it actually is.

For Linux term emulation, I have had good luck with Minicom. Seyon also works, but Minicom seems to be better. If you are a ProComm user, you can do this also if you run DOSemu.

With gas prices what they are, don?t forget that you can also plug a modem into the console port with the config:

Router(config)# line console 0


Router(config-line)# modem enable

Router(config-line)# exit

Router(config)# line aux 0

Router(config)# flowcontrol hardware

Now you can dial into the router and access the console port. Beats driving!

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Re: Will Cisco 857 solve my problem?

Thank You for the prompt reply.

I'm glad to hear I've got the correct hardware. I'll give Minicom a try and see what happens.

Thanks Again for the great advice.

Hall of Fame Super Red

Re: Will Cisco 857 solve my problem?

Nice answer JimmyRay!! Definitely worth 5 points!

Take care.