6. Setting up PPP and other network issues

6.1. What is PPP? What is SLIP?

Point to Point Protocol and Serial Line Internet Protocol are ways in which your home computer can connect itself to the internet through a modem and EngSoc. This feature has become less and less popular as Internet connections have become more common. We haven't supported PPP in a while, so it may not work.

6.2. How do I run SLIP?

We don't really support SLIP anymore. You should do PPP instead.

6.3. How do I run PPP?

Check back later on PPP help. We don't really do that anymore either but will if someone asks really nicely. If you don't have an Internet connection, you could try Freenet (www.ncf.ca).

6.4. How do I run Netscape?

You must mean from an Xterm connected to EngSoc? There's a button for Mozilla on there somewhere. It's probably near the bottom of the screen.

If you want to use a browser from the command line, or shell, then you want to use lynx. Just type in lynx and hit enter. links is an alternative to lynx that some people prefer.

6.5. What should my server settings be set to for various applications?

EngSoc's servers are:
  • DNS:
    Secondary DNS:
  • POP: mail.engsoc.org
  • SMTP: mail.engsoc.org
  • NNTP: news-server.carleton.ca
  • Proxy: http-proxy.carleton.ca Port 8080
    This proxy also handles FTP, etc. It has a big cache.
  • IMAP directory: Mail or mail.

6.6. How do I setup SMB? What is SMB?

The following describes what you used to be able to do when the Internet wasn't full of malicious crackers. We had to turn this off, but it's still possible if you setup a VPN. Should you want to do this, e-mail ett.

SMB is a protocol that Windows uses to share resources such as files and printers over a network. You can map your EngSoc home directory to a directory on your machine at home using SMB (so it looks just like another hard drive) in Windows Explorer as follows:

  • Go to Tools->Map Network Drive
  • In the "Path" dialog, enter \\engsoc.carleton.ca\username (where "username" is your EngSoc login)
  • Type your EngSoc password when prompted

[This setup also requires that Client for Microsoft Networks, etc. be installed in the network options. It may also be necessary to fiddle with the LMHOSTS file or network configuration. A lot of this should be enabled by default. Explicitly specifying engsoc.carleton.ca as your domain should let you browse the server in Network Neighborhood.]

Under Linux ensure you have SMBFS installed as a module, or compiled into your kernel and the samba package installed. Then, do:

  • /usr/sbin/smbmount //engsoc/username /mountpoint -I -c \ `hostname` -C
Where 'username' is your EngSoc login, and /mountpoint is where you want your home diretory mounted.

6.7. Where can I get nifty software for use with EngSoc?

The usual places. Open source stuff is available at freshmeat.net. We carry a few things on our anonymous FTP server too. It's at ftp.engsoc.org

EngSoc users may also browse the filesystem by SSHing to ftp.engsoc.org. The FTP tree is in /var/ftp.