While we await Terry Gordon's easy instructions, for your info this is how I set up my Alcatel 330 (mauve version) with three different distros.
A. SuSE 9.2
I found this the easiest (and am still currently using).
It is for the most part based on http://www.linuxforum.com/linux_tutorials/75/1.php
although I had to do one or two extra things not mentioned there. The instructions are stated to be for SuSE 9.1 but they work with 9.2 also.
1. First, I made sure I had the following packages installed:
linux-atm [this was the only one I didn't already have installed]
2. Downloaded speedmgmt.tar.gz
and unpacked and installed it with the following commands:
tar -xvzf speedmgmt.tar.gz
su [and entered root password]
[NB There is no configure stage: I think it is pre-compiled.]
3. In YaST, went to Network Services, DSL, DSL Devices, DSL Configuration
- switched the PPP mode to PPP over ATM
- entered my user name, password, VPI/VCI numbers (0.38 for the UK)
- set the Idle Time-out seconds to 0
- enabled the External Firewall interface
- set Device activation to Hotplug (there is also a choice of Manually or On Boot and I have since found that either Hotplug or On Boot works OK)
- checked "User Controlled" (this enables ordinary users to manipulate the interface, not just root)
4. Still in YaST, went to System, Runlevel Editor
- set smpppd in runlevels 3 and 5 on active (enabled)
5. Still in YaST, went to System, Editor for /etc/sysconfig
- opened System, Kernel, MODULES_LOADED_ON_BOOT
- entered the following module: pppoatm
6. Closed and saved YaST and rebooted.
The only problem I had subsequently was that for some reason smpppd somehow disabled itself in the Runlevel Editor which meant I received a "Connection to server refused - maybe smpppd isn't running" error message from KInternet. However, it was a simple matter to go back into YaST and re-enable it again. I haven't suffered any recurrences.
B. SuSE 8.2
(no longer using)
For this I used Steve Parker's speedtouchconf script
However, I never did manage to get the Alcatel working with SuSE 9.0 using this but as I soon moved on to 9.2 and discovered the linuxforum instructions outlined above that didn't matter too much.
C. Fedora Core 2
(no longer using)
For this I followed Eric Brasseur's instructions at
Unfortunately I don't suppose any of the above is of any use to you if you are not running SuSE or FC2.
Sorry to hear you are having problems with your router. Actually I never leave mine plugged in permanently. I just cable it up to whatever laptop/desktop I want to use at any given time and it always behaves itself. I have a Netgear DG834.
When I first bought the router, it took me a while to get it up and running but I think that was due to (a) trying to set it up initially in Linux (might on reflection have been easier to do this in Windows); (b) (and this is much more likely !!) it was my first experience of ethernet and I didn't really know what I was doing.