How to select/choose new NIC under FreeBSD?

Ivailo Tanusheff i.tanusheff at
Fri Sep 26 12:05:21 UTC 2008

Hi mate,

You should install the hardware, then recompile the kernel, if you already 
use a customized one.
Then you should edit /etc/rc.conf and set there to use the new NIC instead 
of the old one. The other option is to use sysinstall program to set this, 
but I preffer the manual interaction.
If you have customized firewall you might also set it in the firewall 


Ivailo Tanusheff
Deputy Head of IT Department
ProCredit Bank (Bulgaria) AD

VeeJay <maanjee at> 
Sent by: owner-freebsd-questions at
26.09.2008 14:51

FreeBSD-Questions <freebsd-questions at>, VeeJay 
<maanjee at>

How to select/choose new NIC under FreeBSD?

Hello there,

At my work, I have a Dell PowerEdge2950 running FreeBSD 7.0, Webserver. 
server has onboard Broadcom NetXtreme II BCM5708 1000Base-T with 2 ports.
But we have faced watchdog timeouts and after googling and getting help on
this great forum, we were able to figure out that this is Broadcom
So, we have bought Intel Pro 1000PT Single Port Gigabit PCIe Cu now. Which 
am going to install in the server but before;
I need some information, where I seek you guys help???

1. How to tell FreeBSD to which NIC to use?
2. Where else I should make changes under /etc folder?

I will aprecaite your help!

BR / vj
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