from Adrian Chadd:

> Buy a mini-pcie atheros wifi card.

How do I know this would work with FreeBSD and/or NetBSD?

I could switch the hard drives between the two computers, or put one hard drive 
in a Sabrent enclosure: IDE and SATA inside, USB 2.0 and eSATA outside 

I could also buy a USB-to-Ethernet adapter, don't know how these things work 
under FreeBSD.  But I would still have to plug into the 25 ft Ethernet cable 
that goes across the floor and creates a tripping hazard, though I haven't 
tripped over it yet in over two years.

I already have one wired and two wireless ways of connecting to the Internet, 
think they might all work with Linux but really need to test them.

Again I seem to have lost the Internet connection, despite "ifconfig" showing

lo0: flags=8049<UP,LOOPBACK,RUNNING,MULTICAST> metric 0 mtu 16384
        inet6 ::1 prefixlen 128 
        inet6 fe80::1%lo0 prefixlen 64 scopeid 0x1 
        inet netmask 0xff000000 
        nd6 options=21<PERFORMNUD,AUTO_LINKLOCAL>
rsu0: flags=8843<UP,BROADCAST,RUNNING,SIMPLEX,MULTICAST> metric 0 mtu 2290
        ether 00:13:33:a2:86:f0
        media: IEEE 802.11 Wireless Ethernet autoselect mode 11g
        status: associated
wlan0: flags=8843<UP,BROADCAST,RUNNING,SIMPLEX,MULTICAST> metric 0 mtu 1500
        ether 00:13:33:a2:86:f0
        inet netmask 0xffffff00 broadcast 
        media: IEEE 802.11 Wireless Ethernet OFDM/54Mbps mode 11g
        status: associated
        ssid Maclura_pomifera channel 8 (2447 MHz 11g) bssid a0:f3:c1:f9:39:7a
        country US authmode WPA2/802.11i privacy ON deftxkey UNDEF
        AES-CCM 2:128-bit txpower 0 bmiss 7 scanvalid 60 bgscan
        bgscanintvl 300 bgscanidle 250 roam:rssi 7 roam:rate 5 protmode CTS
        roaming MANUAL

uname -a shows

FreeBSD amelia4 11.0-CURRENT FreeBSD 11.0-CURRENT #8 r267220M: Sun Jun  8 
17:16:53 UTC 2014     root@amelia4:/usr/obj/usr/src/sys/SANDY11NC  amd64


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