For the readers of nz.reg.canty.general I posted the question in nz.comp\nas to whether or not the Penguin talked to Ms Woosh.\n\nFirst off people, thanks for your replies, it sent me off on more trails\nof homework.\n\nIn summary Woosh is nothing more than PPPoE. As is ASDL, read Telecom, for\nthey hold the monolopy in this area as the local loop is not unbundled.\n\nRight, what I have found out. Woosh is extremely ignorant about the\nPenguin. Still this is to be expected as she is well under the radar when\nfishing.\n\nSome moons ago when Woosh was still Walker wireless, I had the experience\nof setting up an ADSL for a community group. PPPoE introducded her self,\nand at the time I was much more interest in another protocol, it did give\nme experience of PPPoE.\n\nMy homework suggested that:-\n\na) It might be a challange\nb) Use MSwindows to get the modem to talk to Woosh, so called flashing.\nc) PPPoE *is* required client wise.\n\nTo-day I went out and purchased a conncetion, including the hardware to\nWoosh. \n\n"Could I have the Ethernet cable as well?"\n\n" You have a Mac? "\n\nOkay I thought lets paly this route, someone suggested it was the way to\ngo.\n\n" Okay we will have to flash the modem then" \n\nLets do I thought.\n\n70 mins later and about as many re-bootings later we had a modem which was\nflashed and could connect in store via the MS Windows OS. The irony did\nnot escape me. Bill Gates would be crying into his wallet, for here was a\nprotocol which does work across platforms. It was being set up on a\nplatform that the modem would not be connected to.\n\nHome. This property is on the edge of Woosh's map as in one of its flyers.\nSo they suggested the booster aerial. odd. To me it looks like a\ncrocodile on my window.\n\nI thought lets see how the signsl stength is. Turned the modem on and yes,\nit does go very much better by windows or outside.\n\nI fired up Mandrake 10 after plugging in the ethernet cable.\n\n"Okay, what language do we need to speak?" Ms Pegunin was back from her\nfishing and was very interested in this new connection.\n\nTo the control centre. Okay its PPPoE, so is ADSL, lets try that. Click,\nclick went the mouse. CD went in and We need to satrt the network, and it\nsuggests that one to re-start ones X enviornment. \n\nDone. Now ping xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx Ping returned. \n\nYes!?\n\nPing xtra.co.nz ... ping returned.\n\nOpen broweser. YES! we have a connection.\n\nOkay, lets find the motorway. Go.... 32KB/s. Whew 250/8 gives us that.\nGood.\n\nLets try a few web pages. Plonk, plonk. They suddenly appaered on the\nscreen.\n\nAll of a sudden I had the same feeling I had when going from a 2.4k modem\nto a 14.4 one.\n\nSo while I keep reading in the media about how wireless technology is\nun-proven I, and others in the real world know that all you can not\nbelieve all you read. Maybe this too ;-)\n\nIn summary Linux networks with Woosh, no suprise as the Penguin has been\nnetowrking long before MS windows knew the meaning of the word. As Ms\nPenguin says, you may need to swim around for the meal rather get what you\nare given, but the choice is priceless. Telecom is kept from invading my\nwallet anymore, and it brings me one stage closer to snipping the local\nloop.