Connecting to Ricochet wireless networks

To get a Ricochet modem working with the BeOS:

  1. Launch the Dial-Up Networking preferences panel.
  2. Create a new connection by clicking on the drop-down menu next to „Connect To.“ Name it „Ricochet“ for ease of identification. Enter 777*PPP for the phone number and your user account name.
  3. Click the Settings button and enter the Primary ( and Secondary ( Ricochet addresses. Leave Server Type set to Standard PPP. Click Done.
  4. On Modem type, select Generic AT Commands, AT&F&C1&D2.
  5. BeOS should have detected which port your modem is connected to. Unless you cannot access the modem at all, leave the default selection as is.
  6. Set the modem speed to 57600.
  7. Click Done. Leave the Dial-Up Networking window open.
  8. Navigate to /boot/home/config/etc folder and find a file named ppp-script.sample. Make a copy of this file as ppp-script. Turn off the read-only status of this file by opening a Terminal and typing:
    chmod a+w /boot/home/config/etc/ppp-script
  9. Open this file and delete everything except the #!/bin/sh at the beginning of the file.
  10. On the next line, type „-vj“ without the quotes. BeOS executes this file every time you make a connection. Your file should look like this when done:

    What the -vj switch does is disable Van Jacobsen compression which is a transmission compression protocol that Ricochet does not support. Restore the read-only settings on the file with:

    chmod a-w /boot/home/config/etc/ppp-script
  11. Returning to the Dial-Up Networking window, click the Connect button.
  12. You should now be connected to the Ricochet network using PPP. At the bottom of the Dial-Up Networking box you should see in the „Connection“ section a counting timer indicating elapsed time online and your Local IP address (you can also access this information by right-clicking on the Deskbar DUN replicant and selecting Dial-Up Statistics from the context menu).
  13. Enjoy


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