Serial Device



  • It's possible to use use a serial port to connect device to have a second wan port?
    I want to use psSense instead of a 3com 3013 to connect to a SAT.

    Any idea?



  • I doubt it.



  • @sullrich:

    I doubt it.

    I thought that this was possible because I found that I could assign the serial port as an interface….



  • Maybe you're thinking of pilip0 but that was removed.



  • @sullrich:

    Maybe you're thinking of pilip0 but that was removed.

    Yes… Why was it removed?



  • Because the other half of it was not even in the kernel therefore it would have never worked.

    cmb asked for it to be removed so you need to take it up with him :)



  • @sullrich:

    Because the other half of it was not even in the kernel therefore it would have never worked.

    cmb asked for it to be removed so you need to take it up with him :)

    :)

    Will it be never reintroduced?



  • Its up to cmb.  I wouldn't ever use the option and cmb feels that to be the same.

    For the record plip0 is a parallel port, not serial.  We still talking the same device?



  • @sullrich:

    Its up to cmb.  I wouldn't ever use the option and cmb feels that to be the same.

    For the record plip0 is a parallel port, not serial.  We still talking the same device?

    He probably just wants userland ppp or slip.  Only way I know to do IP over serial.  Neither of which are currently supported.

    –Bill



  • @sullrich:

    Its up to cmb.  I wouldn't ever use the option and cmb feels that to be the same.

    I didn't say I wouldn't ever use it (it might be useful in many scenarios for pfsync), but that it wasn't going to make it into 1.0 because we didn't want to take the time to make this work right (only half the implementation was even there, and that part was severely broken).

    This is all beside the point though, as Bill said, this isn't the same thing.  We don't have support for that, and it's certainly not anything we will be implementing in the foreseeable future.  Not enough developer resources, and far too little demand.



  • I have been experimenting with this. because i got a guestion about EVDO support.
    So it is possible to do this, but it's a very manual hack. Maybe some ppp support will be added for 1.1 if Progie (IRC) (who i helped getting EVDO to work) will finnish what he started.
    It does work, but it requires a lot of manual setup, and for EVDO it also required a hacked com driver to get the card to work, this will not be neccesary for normal dialup via serial though.
    And neither for ISDN and modems.
    After the interface rewrite (planned for 1.1) it should be much easier to actually hack this in.
    People interested in this should start hacking, and provide working configs with their ISDN/EVDO/Modem setup.
    Missing kernel drivers if any should be mentioned as well.

    We are allways open for patches  ;D



  • @sullrich:

    Its up to cmb.  I wouldn't ever use the option and cmb feels that to be the same.

    For the record plip0 is a parallel port, not serial.  We still talking the same device?

    Ok….

    I thought that plip0 was a serial interface... I need a serial interface to connect via ppp o slip to a Sat internet connection...

    (PS: Why there was a paralel interface? to use with?)



  • Ok!
    Thanks for all the reply!

    I don't need this function today… but probably I'll need it in the near future...

    When I'll need it I'll find some time to help to develop the custom hacks that will be needed...

    Best,
    Emanuele.



  • @lsf:

    I have been experimenting with this. because i got a guestion about EVDO support.
    So it is possible to do this, but it's a very manual hack. Maybe some ppp support will be added for 1.1 if Progie (IRC) (who i helped getting EVDO to work) will finnish what he started.
    It does work, but it requires a lot of manual setup, and for EVDO it also required a hacked com driver to get the card to work, this will not be neccesary for normal dialup via serial though.
    And neither for ISDN and modems.
    After the interface rewrite (planned for 1.1) it should be much easier to actually hack this in.
    People interested in this should start hacking, and provide working configs with their ISDN/EVDO/Modem setup.
    Missing kernel drivers if any should be mentioned as well.

    We are allways open for patches  ;D

    Please, can you tell me your progress, and what you do to make possible a ppp connection? …so I can start from here to go ahead...

    Thank you!



  • None as of now, I haven't spent any time on this, but i know Progie and a few others are working on EVDO (means that ppp will be an option). Once that is done it should be a simple matter to add plip and kernel drivers to get modems and other serial communication to work.


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