Wednesday, September 10, 2008

HowTo: Start, stop and restart the network on FreeBSD

Having moved my old 266 Mhz Celeron to our apartment and facing a new (actually pretty old) router I needed to make adjustments to the FreeBSD 7.0 install, namely network related adjustments.

So here is a series of commands on how to start, stop and restart the network service on FreeBSD:

Start the network service:
  • % su
  • # /etc/rc.d/netif start
Stop the network service:
  • % su
  • # /etc/rc.d/netif stop
Restart the network service:
  • % su
  • # /etc/rc.d/netif restart
When performing network setting changes it's often necessary to restart the routing service:
  • % su
  • # /etc/rc.d/routing restart
To restart both the network and routing services simply combine the commands:
  • % su
  • # /etc/rc.d/netif restart && /etc/rc.d/routing restart
If you come accross a status: no carrier message, run the following (substitute re0 by your interface):
  • % su
  • ifconfig re0 down
  • ifconfig re0 up
Documentation on how to setup network interfaces can be found at

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