I actually wonder, whether I should put a LAN card in the FreeBSD system and connect that directly with the modem via a RJ45 cable, and leave the USB adaptor out of the story. But would that work?
As a rule, it's a lot easier to use ethernet than usb with a FreeBSD (or Linux) gateway. You'll probably need to tell your network card to use dhcp, and you might need to turn off the cable modem for a few minutes when you change over the connection. If you ever need to change the network card or gateway computer (and hence the network card), you'll probably have to turn off the modem for a few minutes again, so the ISP can register the new MAC address of the card when the modem reboots.
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