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 From:  Christian H Borrman <chb at orange dot net>
 To:  "'Christopher M. Iarocci'" <iarocci at eastendsc dot com>, 'Vince Van De Coevering' <vpv at figaros dot com>, m0n0wall at lists dot m0n0 dot ch
 Subject:  RE: [m0n0wall] Excellent (and affordable) m0n0 platform
 Date:  Sat, 17 Sep 2005 12:51:42 +0100
Christopher, Vince

Can you open them up and see who makes the board, bios, etc. and/or post a
link to a high-res picture that maybe someone can recognise the board/bios
from? This will open up many clues and maybe there is a bios from a similar
device.

Christian

-----Original Message-----
From: Christopher M. Iarocci [mailto:iarocci at eastendsc dot com] 
Sent: 17 September 2005 04:00
To: Vince Van De Coevering; m0n0wall at lists dot m0n0 dot ch
Subject: Re: [m0n0wall] Excellent (and affordable) m0n0 platform

Vince,

Any clue how to get into the bios of these things?  I didn't have as much
luck as you.  I got a PDS2300 which originally had a hard drive.  I do not
want to keep the hard drive so I removed it, and put in my m0n0wall written
CF card in the appropriate slot.  However, it does not seem to be booting
(or at least I don't think).  I must have to tell the bios to use the CF
card.  Just not sure how to get in it, or view it.  
Will the bios come over the serial port using a null modem cable and a
terminal program like hyperterminal?

Chris


Vince Van De Coevering wrote:

>Chris,
>
>I used a USB card reader to write the CF card using the instructions on the
>m0n0 site and plugged the CF card into the built in CF socket.
>
>No changes to the NIC configs were necessary.  
>
>I know that an IDE to CF adapter works on the ide channel on the PDS2100
>motherboard (because I broke a pin on the built in CF socket).  There is a
5
>volt socket on the motherboard to power the adapter.
>
>The first PDS2100 I used did not have the a drive installed (Checkpoint was
>loaded from the CF card).  I'm going to try a hard drive install on the
unit
>currently on my test bench.  I'll pull the drive, attach it to my desktop
>system and use the write utility.  There isn't much point in having the
hard
>drive installed unless you boot from it, especially if the logs are
>forwarded a dedicated logging server. 
>
>Vince Van De Coevering
>IT Manager
>Figaro's Italian Pizza, Inc.
>503-371-9318 x216
>vpv at figaros dot com
>
>  
>
>>-----Original Message-----
>>From: Christopher M. Iarocci [mailto:iarocci at eastendsc dot com] 
>>Sent: September 15, 2005 4:56 PM
>>To: Vince Van De Coevering
>>Subject: Re: [m0n0wall] Excellent (and affordable) m0n0 platform
>>
>>
>>Vince,
>>
>>I just realized that the PDS2300 must be using SIS chipset NIC cards, 
>>which is why you were able to just log right in.  I'm 
>>assuming you did 
>>not have to change the NIC assignment at the console at all, 
>>which can 
>>only lead to the conclusion that the default SIS driver works on the 
>>NICs built into the device.  My last question then is, did you use an 
>>IDE to CF adaptor to write your card, or did you use a USB card 
>>reader/writer?  Also, did you remove the hard drive from the device?
>>
>>Chris
>>
>>Vince Van De Coevering wrote:
>>
>>    
>>
>>>Chris,
>>>
>>>You can configure m0n0 without the using the serial console.
>>>
>>>I put the generic m0n0 image on a cf card, installed the 
>>>      
>>>
>>card, and booted
>>    
>>
>>>the unit.  Using a crossover cable I connected a pc and set 
>>>      
>>>
>>it to an IP on
>>    
>>
>>>the default address block (192.168.1.x) and pointed my browser at
>>>192.168.1.1 and was greeted by the m0n0 GUI.  From there I 
>>>      
>>>
>>was able to
>>    
>>
>>>configure everything. 
>>>
>>>When I get some spare time (and a spare machine) I'm going 
>>>      
>>>
>>to look a bit
>>    
>>
>>>closer at FreeBSD.  I generally use Gentoo Linux when I need 
>>>      
>>>
>>a unix-based
>>    
>>
>>>server.
>>>
>>>Vince Van De Coevering
>>>IT Manager
>>>Figaro's Italian Pizza, Inc.
>>>503-371-9318 x216
>>>vpv at figaros dot com
>>>
>>> 
>>>
>>>      
>>>
>>>>-----Original Message-----
>>>>From: Christopher M. Iarocci [mailto:iarocci at eastendsc dot com] 
>>>>Sent: September 07, 2005 7:28 PM
>>>>To: Vince Van De Coevering
>>>>Cc: 'm0n0wall at lists dot m0n0 dot ch'
>>>>Subject: Re: [m0n0wall] Excellent (and affordable) m0n0 platform
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>Vince Van De Coevering wrote:
>>>>
>>>>   
>>>>
>>>>        
>>>>
>>>>>The intrusion.com PDS 2100 series of appliances make an 
>>>>>          
>>>>>
>>excellent and
>>    
>>
>>>>>affordable m0n0 platform.
>>>>>
>>>>>There are several on ebay and I just purchased 2 for $9.95 each.
>>>>>http://cgi.ebay.com/Intrusion-PDS2300-Firewall-Router-Warrant
>>>>>     
>>>>>
>>>>>          
>>>>>
>>>y_W0QQitemZ5800
>>> 
>>>
>>>      
>>>
>>>>792840QQcategoryZ51168QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
>>>>
>>>>The one gotcha with these devices is that they don't have 
>>>>        
>>>>
>>video cards (they
>>    
>>
>>>>use a serial port instead) so you have to connect a PC to 
>>>>        
>>>>
>>the LAN interface
>>    
>>
>>>>and use a web browser to configure them.  Or you can 
>>>>        
>>>>
>>customize the kernel
>>    
>>
>>>>   
>>>>
>>>>        
>>>>
>>>to
>>> 
>>>
>>>      
>>>
>>>>use the serial console.
>>>>
>>>>Most come with 3 10/100 ports, 2 USB ports, Celeron 600 CPU 
>>>>        
>>>>
>>and 64 or 128
>>    
>>
>>>>megs of ram (can replace the DIMM to increase size).
>>>>They have a CF slot for booting and some include 10 meg SFF 
>>>>        
>>>>
>>(laptop sized)
>>    
>>
>>>>hard drives.
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>Vince Van De Coevering
>>>>IT Manager
>>>>Figaro's Italian Pizza, Inc.
>>>>503-371-9318 x216
>>>>vpv at figaros dot com
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>   
>>>>
>>>>        
>>>>
>>>Vince,
>>>
>>>Have you, or do you know anyone who has modified the kernel 
>>>      
>>>
>>to be able 
>>    
>>
>>>to use the serial console with this unit?  I'm confused at 
>>>      
>>>
>>how you would 
>>    
>>
>>>use the LAN interface to configure the router since the 
>>>      
>>>
>>generic version 
>>    
>>
>>>requires you to first assign that NIC.  Did you modify the 
>>>      
>>>
>>XML file to 
>>    
>>
>>>designate the LAN NIC ahead of the original boot maybe? 
>>>
>>>FYI, I have one of these coming to me.  Wanted to try it 
>>>      
>>>
>>out, although 
>>    
>>
>>>none were to be found as cheap as you bought them.  I paid 
>>>      
>>>
>>$31 on Ebay.
>>    
>>
>>>Thanks.
>>>
>>>Chris
>>> 
>>>
>>>      
>>>


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