manish jain wrote:

Hi all,

I have a dual boot system (FreeBSD 7.1 + Windows 2000).

I am trying out FreeBSD for the first time with an ISP who runs a DHCP server. Until the times of static addresses, everything was so simple in FreeBSD. Now I am forced to ask for help because the ISP is willing to help only for Windows. And indeed my Windows 2000 is sailing the internet smoothly enough, so I can't really blame him.

I am using a Realtek 8139D NIC on an x86 system. When I ask sysinstall to configure rl0, it asks me whether I want to use DHCP. When I say yes, it still gives me the same form to fill out as it does for static IP addresses. I don't have any idea how to fill out this form when DHCP is being used.

Please note that on Windows, the following are enabled :
1) Obtain an IP address automatically
2) Obtain DNS server address automatically

Everything else (IP address/Default dateway/etc) is greyed out. Can anyone please tell me how to get my FreeBSD system up on DHCP. The only other piece of information I can provide is the hostname I have been using so far : unxfbsdi.freebsd.localdomain

Thanks in advance for any help.

Manish Jain

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I think Realtek 8139D fall into re(4) driver, but do take a look at dmesg | less to confirm this.

To display the current configuration for the network interfaces on your system run:
% ifconfig

You need to edit rc.conf and add the following to have the network card configured at boot time:

To configure the card from the command line simply run:
# ifconfig re0 dhcp
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