Connecting a Debian/Ubuntu server to the Macquarie University OneNetAnywhere VPN

I realise that this is a rather specific problem, but hopefully the links I provide here will be useful for anyone wanting to access a PPTP VPN themselves.

I have to say that this is one of those entries more likely to be useful if you ever have this specific problem (eg, you can here via a search engine query for “argh pptp mppe errors argh argh argh”) and less for a casual reader. Apologies loyal fans!

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Chat script for Exetel 3G

While trying to work out what was up with Wii error 32022, I was seeing if using our Exetel 3G dongle (rather than DSL) would let us update. This means that I got reasonable working PPP chatscripts for Exetel 3G.


 /dev/ttyUSB0 ipparam exetel1 230400 noauth defaultroute connect "/usr/sbin/chat -v -f /etc/chatscripts/exetel-3g" 



These are an unholy combination of ideas from Ubuntu Living and etbe, since I am about 5 years too young to have had to learn the Hayes command set as a requirement to get on the ‘net. (Well, a year too young perhaps, Andrew knows it.)

Setting up network address translation is left as an exercise for the reader.