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Logging and other Features

The SX41's logging is essentially the same as provided in the rest of the Linksys router product line. Logging is disabled by default, but once you turn it on, it will separately log Outbound and Inbound traffic. LAN IP, Destination URL/IP, and Service/Port Number are logged for Outbound traffic, and Source IP and Destination Port Number are logged for Inbound requests.

One new feature is the View Logs button. This opens a window that allows you to select the log you want to view. You can choose from System, Access, VPN, Firewall, or see the entire log stream if you select All. You can't get the Incoming or Outgoing Access logs in this window, although the Access selection will give you the same data, but in a little more difficult to read form.

NOTE!NOTE! If you change any of the VP41's settings, both logs will be cleared when you Apply the changes.

If you want an ongoing record of the logs, or need log analysis features, you can set an IP address that the logs will be sent to. Linksys uses SNMP TRAP messages broadcast on UDP port 162 to send the logs, and there are a number of applications available from both Linksys and third parties that will crunch the logs to your heart's delight.

The usual Linksys collection of other features is still available, i.e.:

  • you can set static routes (useful in networks that have more than one subnet)
  • dynamic routing protocols RIP1, RIP1 compatible (transmit only) and RIP 2 send and receive are supported
  • firmware upgrades are done entirely via web browser (after you download the zipped firmware file).

Note that you can't save or load the router's configuration to a local file.

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