Andrew "Silver Blade" Greenwood wrote:
> Having been tinkering around with some LEDs (changing the LEDs in my
> router and computer), earlier today I had an idea.
> My m0n0wall machine is in the attic. I'm wondering if somehow I can
> attach a custom-built device to the serial port and run a cable down
> here (from serial port to device) for various purposes.
> The device would just consist of a few LEDs, mainly for the "pretty
> lights" effect.
> What I'd be interested in doing is ultimately developing a small
> PIC-based system where m0n0wall sends out various information to the
> serial port. This information instructs which LED is to turn on/off.
> I thought of having an LED that goes on for a few milliseconds whenever
> something is blocked by the firewall, and maybe another for when a
> connection is made which is accepted. And maybe another for rejected
> After that, maybe a few more to indicate activity on certain ports
> (http, imap, ftp) along with ranges (bittorrent / edonkey port ranges as
> one LED)
> I'm wondering how I'd go about adding such a thing to m0n0wall. I'd have
> to code it myself, I understand that. But how???
> And how would my program get notified that a connection had been made /
> data is flowing on a certain port?
> I also considered just using a network-based thing for this, but it's
> not really valuable traffic and although its small, it might lag out a
> bit as packets are bundled.
> Strange questions, I know. But I want to make a gadget :)
I like the idea of the LED that lights up when something is blocked ! I
know it would give me a good feeling.