This is a howto for Linux 2.6 and mISDN. mISDN stands for modular ISDN. mISDN is developed by Karsten Keil from SUSE. mISDN supports some passive ISDN (see supported ISDN cards) cards under Linux 2.6. mISDN uses CAPI.
Linux 2.6 and mISDN HowTo
Submitted by Simon 2003-12-29 Linux 10 Comments
Why should I use mISDN instead of HiSax?
Some days ago, I have written an Gentoo ebuild for that:
It works without any problems. With HiSax and 2.6.0, I was not able to get the card working without problems.
Does anybody use ISDN anymore? It’s double 56k at way over the price of most broadband, correct?
ISDN is used for backup data lines, and for non-internet and/or non-IP data connections. Faxing, for example. It’s also used for having multiple “cheap” telephone lines.
FAxing … It’s also used for having multiple “cheap” telephone lines.
You can have two phone lines and tree phone numbers on a residencial basic access. You pay for two lines per month. In my country (and all over Europe), this lines are affordable, I have a basic access so I and family can browse and make phone calls at the same time (my main interest in having ISDN –
you can also identify the number of the person that’s calling you – in case don’t want to talk to your girlfriend ;-).
This are nice to browse web/ftp (not for downloads ! ).
Linux handles my /dev/ttyS0 serial isdn modem has a “normal” 56k modem but you can set it to use 128 or 64 kbps.
My AsusCom PCI card (HiSax – Siemens chip, I think) works well with Mandrake, RedHat and, of course, SuSE kernels. Other distros you have to recompile the kernel most of the times.
I know a guy who lives in BFE and doesn’t have access to bradband – ISDN is his only option.
Believe it or not, not everyone can get DSL or cable yet I
Never heard of BFE. IS that an Island ?
Cable and DSL is not available where I live. And its not a rural city either, its an upscale apartment complex in Tacoma, WA. A lot of people in the computer industry tend to generalize their own experiences to others. Broadband is everywhere and Linux is easy to use for everyone, right?
many old isdn cards are not supported in windows xp.