What's the proper way to setup a network w/ freebsd as
the router and network windows machines to it? I got a
network setup working, but I'm not sure whether I went
about it correctly.

I have two 3com nics in the router (xl0 and xl1), xl0
is connected directly to the cable modem w/ a CAT5
cable, xl1 is connected is connected to a port of the
hub w/ a crossover cable. Then I just connect the
remaining windows machines into the hub and set the
local private addresses in windows and put the freebsd
router as the gateway. On the freebsd machine I run
natd -n xl0 and ifconfig_xl0="DHCP". The media type
for xl0 is set to 100BaseTX <full-duplex> and
10BaseT/UTP <full-duplex> for xl1, 100BaseTX
<full-duplex> for xl1 sets the status for that
interface to "no carrier". I can't get the network
running at 100mbps for some reason. I also have some
weak rules for ipfw as suggested in the natd manual

Another thing is that when I ran a speed test from a
machine that was directly connected to the cable
modem, the speeds reported were 5 times faster then
when I run a speed test from a windows machine. Any
reason for that reported speed decrease? Any
suggestions on network setup or on how to get greater
performance? Thanks. 

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