This is the second time i've posted this to the list and explaining why will also explain some of the background for the problem. The last time i was having these problems was when i was downloading a certain thing each week using torrent, rtorrent running as a user. I stopped doing this for a while this summer but now i'm at it again and the problem is back. I think it's because this particular torrent has a lot of seeds and transfers a lot of data, very fast to me. I'm limited to 10Mbit/s here at home and ifstat -b reports over 10000 constantly for a while before my network just dies and no data at all gets sent. At this point i can fix the problem by running dhclient on my network card again. During one transfer of around 300MB i had to run dhclient at least 15 times.

I have a IBM ThinkPad R40 laptop with a Intel Pro 10/100 ethernet card using the fxp driver. Right now i'm running 6.1-RELEASE but i've been running FreeBSD on this laptop since i had 4.9-RELEASE. I can recreate the problem anytime i find a torrent that has enough seeds so that i can maintain the maximum speed for 10-15 seconds. The time it takes for my network to die is very random. Sometimes my net doesn't die at all if the torrent can't maintain over 10000bit/s, it only has to drop once in ifstat for the network to handle it.

I'm about to call my ISP and complain because i doubt this is a FreeBSD problem but i would like to have some confirmation from others on the list that it is possible to transfer 10 or more Mbit/s with much torrent traffic using the fxp driver in FreeBSD. Another reason i suspect something with my ISP is the fact that it dies at the speed i pay them for, it could be some error in the equipment they use to cap my bandwidth.

I have no messages to show and i'm afraid i forgot to check ifconfig while the network was down but ifstat which is running constantly in a small window on my desktop reports 0.00 in and out while the network is down.

Med vänliga hälsningar

Stefan Midjich aka nocturnal
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