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Date:      Thu, 22 Dec 2005 13:28:08 +0100
From:      h p <regnans@gmail.com>
To:        Chris Hill <chris@monochrome.org>
Cc:        Chris Saunders <evas@mountaincable.net>, ruben@bloemgarten.demon.nl, freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: Connecting to internet.
Message-ID:  <43AA9BD8.80704@gmail.com>
In-Reply-To: <20051221235148.M48710@tripel.monochrome.org>
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>> Thanks for the reply Ruben (and others).  I did see these sections 
>> when having a cursory look at the docs but was hoping for something 
>> simpler.  On some older versions of Linux that I have installed there 
>> was a program called adsl-setup that I used to get connected.
>
>
> Sounds like you're on a DSL line. The proper way to connect depends on 
> what what your ISP is set up for. Mine uses a straight ethernet-to-ATM 
> bridge, so I just ifconfig and I'm off. I hear a lot of ISPs use PPP 
> over ethernet, and other stuff as well. Best would be to find out what 
> your ISP uses. If it's PPP over ethernet, search the web site (and/or 
> archives) for that phrase, or for PPPoE.
>
>> I thought FreeBSD would have something similar and I was just not 
>> finding it.
>
>
> Not quite so automated here. There is dhclient, the DHCP client, which 
> allows your machine to get a dynamic IP from your ISP. I've never used 
> it but I know it exists.

Works very simple: In sysinstall, when you configure your network card, 
you simply answer 'yes' to the question whether you want to use DHCP. In 
my case, that sets the gateway to the internet correctly, and everything 
works out of the box, at home and in my office.
I don't know about something such as adsl-setup though. Best bet is to 
choose a provider whose ADSL-modem functions as a DHCP server, i think.

Helge



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