NetGate m1n1wall - How do you connect a monitor?



  • http://store.netgate.com/-P218.aspx

    Is that a VGA female port on the front?  Or a COM port?  How do you connect a monitor to it?


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    COM 2…..



  • Sorry for my ignorance, but is a COM2 port the same as a VGA DB15 port?



  • No, COM2 is a serial port.



  • @Jakobud:

    http://store.netgate.com/-P218.aspx

    Is that a VGA female port on the front?  Or a COM port?  How do you connect a monitor to it?

    As the others have mentioned, that is a COM port aka Serial Port.

    The device is an embedded headless device.  To configure it, you need to use a machine with a serial port and hook up a Null Modem cable between the 2 devices.
    Use Putty or your favourite terminal client (if you don't know, just download Putty installer) and the settings are:  9600/8/N/1.
    The bootup sequence and configuration menus will show up in the terminal window once you fire up the firewall.  The basic configuration starts from there like with a VGA install (you get to skip the partitioning and disk installation portions though; just configure the VLANs or Interfaces).



  • Thanks for the clarification, dreamslacker.  That makes sense.  Couple questions:

    1. Is it hard to make a similar connection to the NetGate box using a Linux box?

    2. If you connect to the NetGate box, at what point do you see something on the screen?  During the boot process or not until it's booted?



  • 1. Use minicom, the standard serial terminal program
    2. You're not connecting a "screen", but a serial console.  You'll see output during the boot process.



  • This is what you get (ignore the rebooting line on the top, I had just rebooted the unit prior to that):

    The whole boot sequence after BIOS post can be seen and interacted with (in the screencap, I was hacking in something to make my thumbdrive install work).


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