Consequently, the developers of FreeBSD and other operating systems are left two choices: The ndis driver uses the ndisapi kernel subsystem to relocate and link the Windows R binary so that it can be used in conjunction with native code. You need to add a line for each network card present on the system, for example in our case, we added these lines:. Consider trying another card. FreeBSD uses the driver name followed by the order in which one the card is detected at the kernel boot to name the network card. Generally, these can be found on the driver CD or at the vendor’s website. For dc1 , the status:

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To configure your card, you need root privileges.

If the ifconfig 8 output had shown something similar to:. A new kernel module is written in the current directory.

The key indicators are:. It has a valid subnet mask netmask ; 0xffffff00 is the same as Freebad all went well, the output should be similar to the following: When troubleshooting hardware and software configurations, check the simple things first.

To verify that an Ethernet card is configured correctly, ping the interface itself, and then ping another machine on the LAN:. This is normal when an Ethernet cable is not plugged into the card.


If not, load them manually, using the following commands: The physical media selection is on autoselection mode media: If there is no DHCP server and access to the Internet is needed, manually configure the default gateway and the nameserver: Some users experience one or two device timeout messages, which is normal for some cards.

Alternatively, statically compile support for the card into a custom kernel. UP means that the card is configured and ready.

Are the network services properly configured? Use kldload 8 to load the new module:. The MAC address of the card ether is Consequently, the developers of FreeBSD and other operating systems are left two choices: The manual page will give you more information about the supported hardware and even the possible freebed that could occur.

Most developers, including those involved with FreeBSD, have taken the latter approach. Check the network card and the motherboard documentation to determine if that may be the problem. Note that this means the ndis driver is only useful on x86 machines.

Use kldload 8 to load the new module: It has a valid broadcast address, To configure the card, you will need root privileges. The network card configuration can be done from the command line with ifconfig 8 but you would have to do it after each reboot of the system.


This should happen automatically when any module that depends on ndis 4 is loaded.

FreeBSD Manual Pages

If they continue, or are bothersome, determine if the device is conflicting with another device. If there is not, read on to Chapter It may have been configured at installation time by bsdinstall 8. Check the NIC and the motherboard documentation to determine if that may be the problem. In this example, we see that two cards using the dc 4 driver are present on the system.

Setting Up Network Interface Cards

Always check the hardware notes before sending off a bug report. If the network was configured during installation, some entries for the NIC s may be already present. The card must be configured as root.