You can use a Linux box in place of a PPPoE-capable router. Why would you want to do this?
- You're already running a Linux box, and you don't see any point in powering a router as well
- You want fine control over packets
- You have a PPPoE router but it doesn't do everything you want
This is what RogerBW is using. It'll probably be much the same on other Linuxen. The basic recipe came from .
You will have two ethernet interfaces - one for your internal network (let's assume that's eth1), one for connection to the BT modem (eth0). You will be running PPPoE over the external interface, creating a new interface that actually passes packets.
- Install ppp, pppoe and iproute.
- Edit /etc/ppp/peers/aaisp to include:
user firstname.lastname@example.org <----- your AAISP login plugin rp-pppoe.so eth0 <----- The ethernet interface to run PPPoE on noipdefault defaultroute #usepeerdns <----- uncomment this if you want resolv.conf to be set up automatically hide-password lcp-echo-interval 1 <---- this is how often the LCP echo packets get sent to AAISP, in seconds. lcp-echo-failure 10 <---- this is how many LCP echo failures before the ppp daemon quits connect /bin/true noauth persist maxfail 0 <---- redial forever until your modem regains sync else default is 10x or N times if you enter N #holdoff 120 <---- this will cause pppd to dial once every 2 mins else default is 0 sec mtu 1492 noaccomp default-asyncmap +ipv6 ipv6cp-use-ipaddr
- Edit /etc/ppp/chap-secrets to include this line, consisting of three tab-separated words. The first entry is your AAISP router login, the second is an asterisk, and the third is your AAISP router password. For example:
email@example.com * pa$$w0rd
- Create /etc/ppp/ipv6-up.d/0000defaultroute. In it place the following shell script:
#!/bin/bash /sbin/ip -6 route add default dev $1
- chmod it 755.
Run as root: pppoe -A
This should show something like this:
Access-Concentrator: BT_ADSL Got a cookie: 6e c5 4a dd 1e c0 d6 b6 fe b4 4b 23 38 8f 63 58 AC-Ethernet-Address: 00:90:1a:40:f2:9f --------------------------------------------------
To start your PPPoE session just type
and to stop it running
You can check connectivity with a cron job, and add a stanza to /etc/network/interfaces to connect at boot.
- There's a bug in 2.6.36, 18.104.22.168, 22.214.171.124 that can cause a kernel panic when the link goes down (55c95e73, fixed in 2a27a03d)
- Linux is capable of supporting RFC 4638 for an MTU of 1500 (or greater) over PPPoE
PPP Not coming back after a blip:
This was reported in IRC on Feb 6th 2011. If you get people saying their line didn't come back or their linux box crashed (as in kernel oopsed) after a blip, turns out there's a bug in the kernel pppoe code for 2.6.36 which has been hitting me. some kind of double free in the disconnect code causes a kernel panic. there's a patch here: http://kerneltrap.org/mailarchive/linux-kernel/2010/12/3/4654538 which seems to work for me