> On Thu, 23 Dec 2004 06:42:17 +1000, Quark IT - Hilton Travis
> <hilton at quarkit dot com dot au> wrote:
>> I have a client with a Cisco PIX 515 sitting in their rack that hasn't
>> been turned on for the last 18 months at least. It is easily out of
>> maintenance now, and the cost to bring it back to current maintenance,
>> and then to be bothered re-learning the little of IOS I used to know is
>> simply not worth it.
>> The next >>obvious<< question is... As Cisco PIX 515 boxen are basically
>> a PC - Pentium 200, 32 MB RAM, Flash Card and a few NICs - how likely is
>> it that a m0n0wall image on a different Flash card would be able to boot
>> and run in a PIX 515?
> That's not enough RAM to run m0n0wall. Might be upgradable, depends
> on what model it is. The old 4U boxes would be no problem. I've
> never opened one of the newer 1U's.
> 32 MB works fine under some circumstances, but I've seen boxes that'll
> run out of RAM when using a couple IPsec tunnels, and upgrades via the
> webgui will almost certainly fail.
> The newer PIX's don't have the no video card beep error, but the older
> ones do.
> The Cisco flash is proprietary, so don't expect to overwrite it with
> m0n0wall. Considering a 16 MB Cisco flash card will go for ~$500+ USD
> on ebay, I wouldn't even try to use one. :) The older ones have IDE,
> the newer ones might.
Just a thought, really meant for the original poster:
Instead of taking a sledgehammer to a round peg/square hole problem, I
propose the following:
This is about the silliest idea I've ever seen. How about you take that
515 to ebay, and with the profits buy, say, a hundred WRAP or Soekris
Something to ponder...