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SRW208 save config file

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I have a number of SRW208s and find that they don't seem to allow saving their config files as most Linksys routers including WRT54G or RV042 which simply do it with a mouse click!

I see that there's an http mode as well as TFTP mode.  What is the secret to using the http mode?  I'm using TFTP but not without a lot of trouble.  Nothing seems easy or intuitive!!
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by:burrcm
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The user manual is here -
http://static.highspeedbackbone.net/pdf/linksys-SRW208-manual.pdf
From the first page - to access the http setup -

Open your web browser and enter 192.168.1.254 into the Address field. Press the Enter key and the login
screen will appear.
The first time you open the Web-based Utility, enter admin in the User Name field, and leave the Password field
blank. Click the OK button. You can set a password later from the System Password screen.
The first screen that appears is the Setup Summary screen. Twelve main tabs are accessible from the Web-based
Utility: Setup, Port Management, VLAN Management, Statistics, ACL, Security, QoS (Quality of Service),

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The save page -

Admin Tab - Save Configuration

Via TFTP

Backup. To backup the switch configuration via TFTP, enter the TFTP server address.
• TFTP Server. Specifies the TFTP Server IP Address to which the Configuration file will be saved.
• Destination File. Specifies the name of the configuration file. The default is StartupCfg.cfg.

Via HTTP

Backup
• Proceed. The Proceed button is used to backup the configuration to the local hard drive.

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by:Fred Marshall
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I'm sorry if I sounded like a newbie but I'm not.

I finally figured out the TFTP procedure and now it works.  But that's not what this question was about.  It's about the http mode.

*IF* the http mode is just like any other Linksys or many other devices where you just click on "Proceed" and it asks you "where do you want to save this file?" then I'd understand.

OK.  So I tried it again #1
Select http mode
Select Backup
Click Proceed
Nothing happens.
OK.  So I tried it again #2.
Select http mode
Select Backup
Click Proceed
Warning bar on the browser says..... Click on Download File
Now Run or Save (the normal thing)
Click Save and the dialog for "where?" shows up
OK and it saved it.

This is the first time that this mode has worked.  So I have to wonder why it behaves so strangely.  I was convinced that I didn't know how to use this mode all while thinking it was probably the old familiar mode that you described.  I guess it is now but the erratic behavior is indeed strange.

Also, these pages used to pop up a warning bar that said that MSXML 5.0 was needed and normally I would just either ignore this warning or say OK - either one it didn't seem to matter.  Now I'm not seeing that warning.

A related problem if I try to use Firefox instead of IE8: the login page works on Firefox but none of the control panel page details show up and no tab clicks work.


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by:burrcm
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Might be timne for a firmware upgrade. Flakey behaviour using the first version isn't uncommon, the second attempt generally sorts such things out. I guess the page is optimised for IE, so third party browsers might have issues. All conjecture though, I haven't used this model myself.

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by:Fred Marshall
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The firmware is the latest (only) release.
The issue with other browsers seems to be a known thing - even someone posted the reasons for it.

The behavior even with IE is strange in that one tries to do a "normal" http backup and it fails, try again and maybe it fails again but, it seems, that try,try again eventually works out.
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by:Fred Marshall
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The answer was technically correct although the actual device behavior wasn't dealt with.
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