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 From:  "Christopher M. Iarocci" <iarocci at eastendsc dot com>
 To:  "Christopher M. Iarocci" <iarocci at eastendsc dot com>
 Cc:  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 09:52:52 -0400
In answer to my own question, no, a null modem cable and hyperterminal 
will not show you the bios when it's booting up.

Christopher M. Iarocci wrote:

> 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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