Eznet: A Simpler Way To Do PPP

Last software change: Feb 24, 1999
Last change to this page: May 19, 2002

Eznet is a program that simplifies PPP setup for Linux. Using eznet, all a user has to do is specify the name of their ISP, a login name, a password and a phone number to dial. Eznet takes care of the rest. There are no configuration files to edit and no chat scripts to design.

Here is what is available:

Eznet has been in wide use for many years. No bugs have been reported since 1999. If you happen to find a bug, please contact the author at drh@hwaci.com.

Change History:

Version 1.11
  • Fixed a bug in which eznet improperly handled passwords containing special characters like "#" and "%".
  • Added the new "wait" command. Works like "up", but doesn't return until the connection goes down.
Version 1.8
  • Added the "eznet log" command to help debug troublesome hookups.
  • Precompiled binaries added to the distribution.
Version 1.7
  • The "status" line now reports the ppp device, the local IP address and the remote IP address. Thanks to Steve Snyder for the idea!
Version 1.6
  • Eznet now tests to insure it is installed in /usr/bin and fails with an error if it is not.
  • The "autostart" property defaults to "yes" instead of "no".
  • Added the "routeN" properties to automatically setup routes to the new network. See the documentation for details.
  • Increased the time allowed for the modem to connect from 40 to 60 seconds. (Some modems require extra time.) This timeout is now configurable using the dialtimeout property.
Version 1.3
  • Added three new options: "mtu", "mru" and "autostart". See the documentation for details.
Version 1.2
  • Added support for SpryNet. The login prompts for this service provider are only 7-bit characters. So some of the pattern matching routines were generalized to only look at the bottom 7 bits of each character.
  • The init0= and init1= fields now default to "atz" and "at&d3", respectively.
Version 1.1
  • Added the "chat=no" option.
  • Added support for AT&T Worldnet.

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