[olug] Basic cheap local hosting?

T. J. Brumfield enderandrew at gmail.com
Mon Dec 5 18:43:42 UTC 2011

I tried Qwest DSL briefly because my friend was selling it. I never got it
working at home.

If I plugged their DSL modem directly into my computer, it worked. Through
my router it wouldn't. So I checked Google, and apparently Qwest uses
PPPoE, and I needed to configure the PPPoE credentials in my router. So I
contacted Qwest and they kept swearing up and down that Qwest doesn't use
PPPoE and there were no credentials, except I could see in my DSL modem's
configuration where there credentials were saved. I just couldn't see the

I fought with their support for a month. They insisted they didn't support
people using home routers, and I also made the mistake of saying Linux when
they asked me to do Windows troubleshooting. Then they stated definitively
that they do not support Linux computers connecting to their internet. They
refused to speak to me about getting my router working.

I never got it working fighting with their support for a month since they
refused to give me the PPPoE credentials. And I believe where I live, they
are the only DSL option.

On top of that, it is considerably slower than the similarly priced Cox

I do get really fast downloads from Cox. My wife and I were both
downloading the 38 GB SW:TOR clients at once and each were getting 2.0MB a
second downloads.

On Mon, Dec 5, 2011 at 12:16 PM, Obi-Wan <obiwan at jedi.com> wrote:

> I'll third the use of your own server over a DSL line, ditching Cox
> and their annoying port blocking.  Internet Nebraska offers a variety
> of DSL options in the Qwest area:
>        http://www.inebraska.com/dsl/
> I've been running my own servers at home with a static IP for about
> ten years.  The flexibility is great, even if the upstream bandwidth
> isn't.  I still run my high-traffic web sites elsewhere (the largest
> of which is on IN's own web serer), but I can do all of my tinkering
> and low-volume stuff at home.
> > I have a friend who owns a business and needed a Web site / E-Mail.  He
> > also has a pretty fast DSL pipe going to his office.  I persuaded him
> > that he could house a Linux box in his office to serve as his router,
> > his E-Mail server, and his Web server; I am his tech support, and the
> > price of my service is that he lets me put a couple low traffic Web
> > sites on that server.  He saves money and gets better service plus
> > attentive tech support; I get free server space and total control over
> > the server; everybody wins.
> >
> > Using a Linux box for a combined router / mail server is actually pretty
> > handy in a lot of ways.  Intraoffice E-Mail is lightning fast.  Outbound
> > E-Mail is handed to the SMTP server almost immediately, and for that
> > matter, by the time you become aware of incoming E-Mail, it's already on
> > the LAN.  And whatever bottleneck there is on Web service because of
> > slower up speeds, well, for small sites it's not much of an issue.
> --
> Ben "Obi-Wan" Hollingsworth    obiwan at jedi.com    PrairieRimImages.com
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