Hi Rob: Thank you for this help. Thanks also to all others who replied this evening. I just came home and it is late so I will pursue all suggestions tomorrow evening.
My gut sense is that it is the nic setup - at first I thought it might be my router (and maybe it is part of the problem but I have operated 3 different machines through it and networked them in the past so am starting to get pretty comfortable with it). But tomorrow I will start by checking my cabling carefully - though the same machine if booted into Win98 works flawlessly so I doubt that the problem is cabling or flaky nic. The nic is a 3com 3509 which seems to be well supported. Auto negotiation - that sounds plausible - esp. since sometimes files do get through but painfully slowly. Lowering the MTU setting shouldn't hurt...? To all - thanks again, I will respond further after playing tomorrow. Cheers, Graham/ ----- Original Message ----- From: "Rob" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> To: "Graham North" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>; <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> Sent: Sunday, February 15, 2004 6:15 PM Subject: Re: FTP difficulties 4.8R > At 13:32 15/02/2004 -0800, Graham North wrote: > >[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. > > _______________________________________________ [EMAIL PROTECTED] mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"