newbie internet connection question

Roland Smith rsmith at
Tue Mar 11 20:14:12 UTC 2008

On Tue, Mar 11, 2008 at 07:25:31PM +0000, Andy Watts wrote:
> l downloaded FreeBSD 6.3 the other day out of curiosity..
> The installation started ok but it all went wrong when it came to 
> connecting to the internet through my wired router

You're reading the handbook. That's a very good start. :-)
> l'm really not sure what entries to put in fig 2-29 that will allow my 
> connection.

Most routers will have a DHCP server running to hand out addresses and such.

When it asks 'Do you want to try DHCP configuration of the interface?'
Just say 'yes'.

Use the IP address of your router as the gateway address.

> My router's address is and running ifconfig on my linux machine 
> gives the following:

> Any pointers in the right direction would be greatly appreciated

If you don't know what network hardware you have, use alt-F4 to switch
to a shell and give the command 'dmesg | grep Ethernet'. On my machine
this gives;

rl0: Ethernet address: 00:1e:23:2f:1b:g1

indicating that I have hardware using the rl(4) driver.

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