Anyone tried a cisco 800 series?



  • Greetings,
    I'm on a quest to replace the cisco IOS/CBOS on a couple of *DSL/routers I'm using.
    Years ago I thought to myself that it must be fairly simple to tftp the IOS/CBOS
    from the cisco device and simply upload somthing better (FreeBSD was my thought).
    But, as I had already too many irons in the fire, I had to push it onto the back burner
    for a later day. Well, that day has come. I've done a fair amount of reserach, and
    I'm feeling inclined to pfSense - it uses FreeBSD after all and I'd rather not
    re-invent the wheel.
    To the point!
    I was wondering if anyone had made any attempt(s) to use pfSense on any of the
    cisco 800 series? Rumor has it that at least some efforts had been done on an
    827 - is it true?

    Anyway, that's what I intend to do, and I'd be grateful for any input.

    Thank you for all your time and consideration.

    –Chuck

    P.S. When will preview be working for posts?



  • Please compare the hardware requirements here: http://www.pfsense.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=45&Itemid=48
    with the hardware-specs of the cisco 800 series here: http://74.125.77.132/search?q=cache:KOEeBmmz5okJ:polygon.hu/download/c800.pdf+cisco+800+hardware+specification&hl=de&ct=clnk&cd=10&gl=ch

    Also there is no support for ISDN/T1/analoge-modem in pfSense.

    PS: the preview does work.
    Just with white font…
    Select it with the cursor and you will see it.



  • Hello GruensFroeschli, and thank you for your reply.

    I see you have some somewhat dated data (cisco). I've got some
    somewhat more recent dadatsheets/manuals that might be of interest to
    you, and perhaps others. :)
    The list grows, so rather than link to each of them directly, I'll just post
    the page the links are on:
    https://bsdforge.net/cisco-data/

    The one I have indicates that for the 837 a max memory limit of 80Mb.
    I'll bet I can

      1. coerce it into seeing more

    or

      1. trim some things from pfsense

    It also states that max flash is 24Mb, but I'll bet I can add an "extended"
    partition that pfsense can see - no?
    Being that it's running off an Apple (Motorola RISC) CPU, that many of the
    hacks that we had to employ to get more out of our old MacOS boxen
    would work here too - especially given that it'll be running a modern
    OS - don't you think?

    Also there is no support for ISDN/T1/analoge-modem in pfSense.

    No problem, I'm looking for POTS.

    Just my thoughts :)

    PS: the preview does work.
    Just with white font…
    Select it with the cursor and you will see it.

    Thanks for the "heads up". I'll give it a shot. :)

    Thank you again for taking the time to respond!

    –Chuck

    P.S. I have the latest version of AUX. Would that be of any help?
    FYI that's what OS these ran on, but an older version.


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