Router refusing to authenticate with GNU/Linux
I don't remember when was the last time I faced something as ridiculous and simply illogical as this is. I finally got a phone line and ADSL here, but indeed I am not surfing at speeds of 1Mbps right now. It is ironic that it was easier for me to get exotic EDGE and satellite connections working than ADSL, a much more common type. To be honest I expected it to just work, immediately, out of the box. What a darn disappointment.
As soon as the technician hooked everything up Ubuntu recognized a new network connection and let us know that it is there through the network manager applet. Then we proceeded with Firefox to connect to the router at 192.168.1.1, which prompts for username and password which I have been given. I type it in carefully, press enter and whoops, it asks for it again, and again and again and again... Authentication fails every single time, no matter how correct or incorrect the password was.
But at first I tried only a few times and as the technician was in a kind of hurry he just hooked his Windows XP powered laptop up to it, logged in with my login details on the first try and did the configuration using the web based interface provided on the router. Not long later he tested it and that was it. Then we plugged the cable back to my computer, opened google and thought that since google is opening, the connection works. Later I realized that it was still going over the old connection, not the new one.
Bottom line is that, apparently, one can connect to this router using Windows XP, but if I try it with GNU/Linux I will only be getting failed authentications, even when I try it over ssh or telnet and even after I, in the course of the day, reset the router (hence bringing the modem login details to the simple admin/admin defaults). Nothing works. It just wont let me log in. There is no password in the world it would accept apparently.
My ADSL connection didn't work with his configuration and sure enough it doesn't work now that it is reset. For me to have any hope of connecting I need to get into that router to configure it, but how do I do that when it wont let me? I tried logging in from Ubuntu livecd, from clean Ubuntu Feisty installation, from Debian Etch, from Sidux 2007, using Opera and even IE4Linux. It's the same story everywhere. Apparently the only thing it will accept is Microsoft Windows. WHY!?
Some mentioned that it may be missing some SSL/TLS stuff for authentication. I installed even an excess of related packages though I already had the basic ones (libssl). It's not that.
Is it hardware related? Well, I've used this onboard ethernet before to connect to another computer and it works here as well - I CAN ping and even scan open ports on my router. It is there, the connection is alive, BUT I can't log in to it. I can't change anything on it. I'm stuck.
I'm really out of ideas. I have a phone line, an ADSL router and I can't use ADSL connection. I don't have a Windows XP CD anywhere around either, for that last goddamn option of actually installing Windows just to configure this stupid router.
And you can imagine, I'm pissed. It's just that I don't really know who to be pissed at. D-Link? T-Com? GNU/Linux itself????
Anyway, this turned into quite an entry... If you have ANY clues as to what may be wrong here please let me know. I'm quite desperate. The connection I'm on right now is incredibly unstable and slow and at that even expensive. I don't want to spend another day on it, with ADSL stuff laying around unused.