I am very fortunate in that I have a cable connection and have not had to worry about the issues surrounding getting broadband down a telephone line. However, I am helping a friend out that is in desperate need of a new PC. Her current one is circa 1997 and is connected to BT with one of their Voyager devices. It is a Windows 98 set-up. Having been given a free reign in sorting out some new kit she is quite open to give linux a look. I have agreed to put together a dual boot box with WinXP + Linux. The area of uncertainy is the ADSL connection.
First question: I have heard of ADSL routers with ethernet - I assume these are boxes that will plug in to the PC with an RJ45 and plug in to the telephone line at the other end? Also they will all work with the BT service?
Second - I could plug one of the above into a firewall /router box ( I have a Belkin jobby that does a good job and offers wireless) - can you get all of this in one box that will be both BT and Linux compatible - indeed is this desirable?
These are pretty basic questions, but I have no working experience in this area and want to make sure that I spend someone elses money wisely.