WRV200 OS -- Shows some Promise for 3rd-party firmware

Discussion in 'Cisco Small Business Routers and VPN Solutions' started by eric_stewart, May 30, 2006.

  1. eric_stewart

    eric_stewart Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    Well well. I have my WRV200 setup at home, monitoring syslog in 3CDaemon and what do I see but Busybox 1.00 shell! Obviously Linux here. No big surprise, really but kinda cool. Makes you wonder if there might be some promise for 3rd party firmware. I haven't looked too closely at the h/w specs of this box but it would be interesting to know how much RAM/Flash it has, CPU type/speed, etc.

    Here's an example of the syslog output:
    May 29 22:25:29 klogd: RTL865x Port 1 state=FWD
    May 29 22:25:29 klogd: br0: port 1(eth1) entering forwarding state
    May 29 22:25:29 klogd: br0: topology change detected, propagating
    May 29 22:25:38 syslogd started: BusyBox v1.00-pre2 (2006.03.31-06:54+0000)
    May 29 22:25:38 klogd: klogd started: BusyBox v1.00-pre2 (2006.03.31-06:54+0000)

    I think you can infer from the output that the built-in switch uses a RealTek chipset.

    I have it currently setup with two SSIDs in two separate VLANs and can confirm that boxes can't ping each other across different VLANs but can both access the Internet.

    I think I'm going to have fun with this thing. :thumb:

  2. TazUk

    TazUk Network Guru Member

    :eek: That doesn't sound too promising.
  3. DocLarge

    DocLarge Super Moderator Staff Member Member


    how did you go about setting up the VLAN? Mine isn't here yet and I'm curious to say the least...

  4. eric_stewart

    eric_stewart Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    This is how I set up my VLANs in the "VLAN" menu on the WRV200:

    VLAN 1: SSID1 (Gryffindor) + h/w ports 1, 2, 3 , 4
    VLAN 2: SSID2 (Hogwarts)

    eg: VLAN 1 has wireless network Gryffindor + all the built-in switch ports associated with it and VLAN 2 has wireless network Hogwarts only.

    Net effect:
    (pardon the pun) Any device connected to the built-in switch can connect to the wireless network Gryffindor and vice versa --- but *not* to wireless network Hogwarts

    Devices associated with wireless network Hogwarts can only connect to the WAN (seems the WAN is automatically in every VLAN) but not to the h/w switch ports, nor to nodes in wireless network Gryffindor.

    Interestingly, these VLANs are all on the same subnet, so while there is physical separation (OSI layer 2) via separating the networks into different VLANs, they are not *logically* separated by subnet. No biggy really, but typically VLANs are configured in separate subnets and a router will route packets inter-subnet.

    I'm testing this out now. I had to a couple of reboots but it seems to work as advertised. I'm sitting in front of 2 wireless laptops, both connected to the Internet but in different SSID/VLANs. They cannot ping one another.

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