Eskimo North

Connecting to Eskimo North with Linux

If you have Linux, connecting to the Internet is simple... Ok, after you get through rolling around the floor we'll tell you how.

Extra Tweaks

Alternately, O'Reilly & Associates Inc. has made chapter 6 ("Dial-out PPP Setup") of their Using & Managing PPP book available on their website, including Linux instructions:


First, if you need help properly configuring your modem, please see to get your modem properly configured. After that, it actually is pretty simple.

You must be sure you have a kernel with PPP support. Typically, kernels will have PPP configured in as a module. If this is the case, you will need to type modprobe ppp.o to load the module.

You will need copies of (both come with most recent distributions):

With these utilities, dialup connections can be setup either through the shells (as root) or with graphical front-ends (in which case the rest of this page can be bypassed) such as:

Another method of connecting with Linux uses 'pppd' directly. These instructions are available as Linux-pppd.html.


To edit configuration files manually, or to connect without running X in the above manner, the files you will be concerned with are:

Edit /etc/resolv.conf to look like this:

search #

To create the /etc/wvdial.conf file with the proper initial settings, you'll need to run the following command (as root):


(Your distribution or installation may have placed the command in other locations; if the above is "not found", try it under /usr/local/bin or others.)

Now edit /etc/wvdial.conf to change the following lines, removing the leading colons and replacing your access number, username, and password in the appropriate locations:

; Phone = <Target Phone Number>
; Username = <Your Login Name>
; Password = <Your Password>

An example completed edit is below; your information may be different. Also please add the line "Auto Reconnect = off" in the Defaults section. We'll show you how to automatically redial later.

[Dialer Defaults]
Baud = 115200
Modem = /dev/ttyS1
Init1 = ATZ
Init2 = ATQ0 V1 E1 S0=0 &C1 &D2 S11=55 +FCLASS=0
Phone = 555-5555
Username =
Password = mypassword
Auto Reconnect = off

You can place multiple access numbers or accounts in the same file, in order to setup alternate numbers, etc. To do this, simply add the following set of lines to the file, choosing a name for the alternate connection:

[Dialer Alternate]
Phone = 555-1234
Username =
Password = mypassword

Since this file has passwords in it, be sure to set the permissions on this file so that only root can read it:

chown root /etc/wvdial.conf
chmod 600 /etc/wvdial.conf


wvdial works differently than pppd itself; when run from a shell, it will continue to log information from the connection to the shell window and terminate the call when the user sends a break signal ("^C").

To run the connection manually, open a shell as root, and type:


If all is working, you will see the modem communication and connection information on the terminal. Leave this terminal running (perhaps minimized if running under X), and to disconnect the connection, come back to this terminal and type "^C" (Ctrl-C).

To connect an alternate connection setting, add the name of the alternate after the command (case-insensitive):

/usr/bin/wvdial alternate

Extra Tweaks

Automatic Redial

Since auto-redial can play havok with the lines when you're not actively using the connection (idle disconnect, redial, idle disconnect, redial, etc.), please place the mentioned line in the "Defaults" section above to disable it and use a separate section to specifically enable it when you're closely montitoring the connection:

[Dialer Redial]
Auto Reconnect = on

In this way, the following will dial the same "Default" or "Alternate" numbers and username/password combinations, but will redial if disconnected:

/usr/bin/wvdial redial
/usr/bin/wvdial alternate redial

Remember to "kill" the session ("^C") if leaving the computer idle or unmonitored for long periods, as this would then tie up your own phone lines as well as ours.