Freekbox Ethernet Configuration
In a freekbox2 or 3, the ethernet interface is normally not configured. This must be done before the box can connect to either a network, or a dsl modem. Most networks require machines to be set up to use DHCP, which automatically assigns IP addresses and other related information, or in some cases one needs to set up a static IP.
To set up the interface in Debian, use your favorite text editor (as root) to edit the file "/etc/network/interfaces"
#(vi,pico,nano,emacs, etc...) /etc/network/interfaces
For static ip configuration, the file needs the following lines:
auto eth0 iface eth0 inet static address 192.168.0.20 netmask 255.255.255.0 (substituting your own values) broadcast 255.255.255.255 gateway 192.168.0.1
OR for dhcp (if dhcp server enabled on dsl modem)
auto eth0 iface eth0 inet dhcp
THEN one needs to bring up (or take down and then bring up) the eth0 interface with the following commands issued as root
ifdown eth0 ifup eth0
OR simply reboot the machine, which will accomplish the same thing, since the "auto eth0" line will cause the interface to be automatically configured at boot.
On a freekbox, /etc/network/interfaces should contain the "auto eth0" line as a comment. simply remove the "#" before it and it should be set.
The file also includes commented out examples for static ip address configuration..
DNS information is set in "/etc/resolv.conf". An example of the file is below:
search freegeek.org nameserver 126.96.36.199 nameserver 188.8.131.52
Most people using DHCP will not need to edit this file, though there are exceptions.