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Date:      Wed, 13 Jun 2018 10:24:26 +0800
From:      Erich Dollansky <>
To:        B J <>
Cc:        freebsd-questions <>
Subject:   Re: Problems Connecting Laptop To Modem
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can you post the output of


as the first step?


On Tue, 12 Jun 2018 16:39:11 +0000
B J <> wrote:

> I have several computers connected to my Internet service, though not
> all at once.  One is an old iMac with an outdated version of OS X.  i
> also have two towers that run FreeBSD/Mate and a laptop that has
> FreeBSD/Xfce.
> A few weeks ago, the router I had malfunctioned and I got a Cisco
> modem/router from my ISP.  All of my machines could connect to the
> Internet through it, but the signal wasn't very robust.  The slightest
> disturbance to the system, such as shutting down one of the computers,
> would result in the loss of that signal.
> i went back to my ISP and exchanged that unit for one made by Arris.
> I can add or remove computers from it without any problems except for
> the laptop.  It can't seem to connect to it, at least when it's
> running FreeBSD/Xfce
> For example, I tried:
> service netif restart
> followed by pinging a website, but that didn't work.
> The Ethernet connector appears to be good.  I tested it when I booted
> the machine using a live CD version of an old openSUSE distro that I
> happened to have on hand.
> I'm not sure what I should try next.  Does anyone have any
> suggestions?  I could, of course, contact my ISP, but its staff,
> apparently, isn't given any training on Linux and, presumably, Unix
> systems.
> To be honest, it's not all that important if I can't use the laptop
> right now as I've got the two tower machines.  The laptop is more of a
> convenience than anything else.
> By the way, the only reason I've got Xfce on it is because it
> couldn't run Mate.
> Thanks.
> B. M. Jatzeck
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