1. Introduction

The main goal of this document is to get your system running with your cable modem, and cable internet provider. Unfortunately, many ISPs that provide cable modem services, give you Windows and Macintosh software only.

This document attempts to explain how to setup some cable modems and internet providers in Linux, the tricks to get them working correctly, and the traps not to fall down. It is hoped that this document will assist you, however we make no claims for the validity of the information contained within.

1.1. New Versions of this Document

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1.2. Feedback

Feedback is most certaintly welcome for this document. Without your submissions and input, this document wouldn't exist. So, please send your additions, comments and criticisms to .

1.3. Contributors

The following people have contributed to this mini-HOWTO.

1.4. Standard Disclaimer

No liability for the contents of this documents can be accepted. Use the concepts, examples and other content at your own risk. As this is a new edition of this document, there may be errors and inaccuracies, that may of course be damaging to your system. Proceed with caution, and although this is highly unlikely, I don't take any responsibility for that.

Also bear in mind that this is NOT official information. Obtaining official information is usually an impossibility with many ISPs. Much content in this document are assumptions, which appear to work for people. Use the information at your own risk.

1.5. Copyright Information

This document is copyrighted (c) 1998 Vladimir Vuksan and distributed under the terms of the OpenContent License (OPL). Full text of the license can be found at http://www.opencontent.org/opl.shtml