In this hour, we briefly ran through the most basic and straightforward way to set up your FreeBSD machine for the Internet. A full discussion of this topic would have gone into greater depth on such topics as manually configuring your IP settings with ifconfig, your gateway routes with netstat, and your name server settings with the /etc/resolv.conf file. You would also have seen how to start the network manually using /etc/netstart, and how to do automatic TCP/IP configuration through DHCP. Those topics, however, are beyond the scope of this brief discussion. For the vast majority of FreeBSD users, connecting your machine to the Internet is a simple, straightforward process without much that can go wrong.

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