[snip] My FreeBSD box on the other hand is a different story. It is a PII 166 [snip] It does go outside and connect, sometimes I can ftp download some small files, most times the process stalls. I generally need to open a new terminal to kill the process.
It may be nothing to do with this, but I get similar problems on my DSL link with the default MTU setting, 1500, and I can get decidedly better performance by reducing it. Windows has some sort of dynamic adjustment, but I've found it's more reliable to set FreeBSD specifically. Try:
#ifconfig <network_interface> mtu 1438
and see if that makes a difference.
There are optimum values for the mtu, depending on your link parameters, and various formulae, but try that first before fiddling more.
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