Properly Configuring For Internet Access

Gerard Seibert gerard-seibert at
Sat Feb 28 06:06:41 PST 2004

I am running FreeBSD 5.2.1

I am forever having problems getting my computer to connect with the
internet and each other correctly.

I have three computers - two running WinXP Pro and one running FreeBSD
5.2.1. They are connected to a Netgear Hub, onto a Netgear Router and then
to my cable modem. The two Win XP machines have no problems networking
with each other or connecting to the internet through this configuration.
It seems that my FreeBSD machine does suffer problems from time to time
however with this setup.

In my resolv.conf file, I have the following:


My rc.conf file has the following pertinent entries:


The FreeBSD installation program inserted those entries.

I have the following in my dhclient.conf file:

interface "rl0" {
prepend domain-name-servers;
prepend domain-name-servers;
request subnet-mask, broadcast-address, routers, domain-name-servers;
require subnet-mask, broadcast-address, routers;

What I am interested in knowing, is if this is the most efficient way of
setting up my connecting to the internet on this machine. Once I get that
cleared up, I will proceed to try to get the other two machines to
recognize this one and vice-versa.

Thanks for any assistance offered.

Gerard Seibert
gerard-seibert at

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