Chapter 3. How to use this HOWTO.

This document is organized top-down. The first sections include informative material, and it can be skipped if you are not interested; what follows is a generic discussion of networking issues, and you must ensure you understand this before proceeding to more specific parts. The ``technology specific'' information is grouped into three main sections: Ethernet and IP-related information, technologies pertaining to widespread PC hardware, and seldom-used technologies.

The suggested path through this document is as follows:

Read the generic sections:

These sections apply to almost every technology described in subsequent sections, and they are very important for you to understand. I expect many of the readers will be confident with this material.

Consider your network:

You should know how your network is (or will be) designed, and you should also be familiar with exactly what hardware and technology types you will be implementing.

If you are directly connected to a LAN or the Internet, please refer to the ``Ethernet and IP'' section:

This section describes basic Ethernet configurations, and it describes the various features that Linux offers for IP networking (ie: firewalling, advanced routing, etc).

If you are interested in low-cost local networks or dial-up connections, please refer to the next section

This section describes the widespread technologies used on personal workstations (ie: PLIP, PPP, SLIP, and ISDN).

Please refer to the technology-specific sections that are related to your requirements:

Your needs may differ from IP and/or other common hardware This final section covers details specific to both non-IP protocols and to peculiar communication hardware.

Do the configuration work:

You should actually try to configure your network. Take careful note of any existing problems

Look for further help:

If you experience problems that this document does not help you to resolve, then you should refer to the sections related to "Help" and "Where to report bugs".

Have fun!

Networking is fun! Enjoy it!