only 1 card is "active", why

Subhro subhro.kar at
Mon Feb 28 07:52:14 GMT 2005

No carrier means, the NIC does not see a switch/hub at the other end. Thus you 
need to plug in one card into the switch connected to your LAN and the other 
to the modem.


Indian Institute of Information Technology
Subhro Sankha Kar
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> Subject: only 1 card is "active", why
> I use freebsd-5.3release as a gateway. I have 2 realtek 8139 card, one
> for Internet and the other for LAN. But when I execute "ifconfig", only
> 1 card(rl0) is shown "active", and the other(rl1) is shown "no carrier".
> And when I exchange the wire, rl0 changes to "no carrier", and rl1
> changes to "no carrier". It seems that only 1 card can be in use. What
> can I do? Thanks.
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