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DIR-615 DLink Router

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Is it possible to activate a log for the DIR-615 DLink Router to record all traffic activity?
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by:cripplecaptain
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The logging on the stock firmware for that router is in my oppinion... rather poor. Howerver that router appears to be capable of running the open source firmware dd-wrt which has much more capable logging and works with programs like link logger http://www.linklogger.com/dd-wrt_setup.htm  this is a guide for setting up link logger. Flashing dd-wrt is also incredibly easy.  I hope this is helpfull to you

Link logger is not free but it is cheap, although you could use any syslog agregator of your choosing depending on your needs.
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by:ws11
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I activated syslog on the current router setup and pointed it to a specific machine.  What I don't understand is what is that doing and how can I find the log file?  Also I am somewhat uncomfortable with using a firmware that is not directly from the manufacturer.  Should this be a concern and could I get any issues using it?
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Well if anything dd-wrt is a more stable and better supported firmware then the stock dlink firmware. HOWEVER in rare cases due to issues like power outtages or failing hardware you can brick the router when flashing the dd-wrt firmware its rare and can actually be recovered from.

Thats just my little disclaimer for you though.

 So you need to setup a machine to collect that syslog information something like kiwi syslog daemon for windows or as posted earlier its likely link logger could grab that info. I have used kiwi it was pretty easy to get going but if you arent overly tech savy all of the opensource/free syslog stuff is not very flashy and be hard to get used to.

learning how to use syslog is a little more difficult then the scope of this question though :/ but here is a link to some windows based syslog server utilities http://www.syslog.org/wiki/Main/WindowsSyslogServers
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by:ws11
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Great thanks.  I just don't use this feature and the documentation is not that great.  I did realize the log was viewable in the web admin interface after I asked this question.  I also think the time on the router was impacting some of the routers features.  I had not set the time and it was way off.  I now have log entries and my schedules are appearing to work.  

Thanks for the help.  It is good to know that if you brick the router you can recover.  What brand of router do you like for home where remote connections and vpn features are needed?
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by:cripplecaptain
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Out of habit I like linksys/cisco routers for home use however if I was going to be hosting vpn services and manageing my network traffic and exception etc. Id put a cheapo computer running Opensource Untangle in between my modem and router.

Depending how bricked the router is you can reload the firmware when it powers up looking for firmware and if its bricked past that it can be restored by JTAG. if you want some info on it Id recommend reading up on it here http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Recover_from_a_Bad_Flash

Also id actually look for a router that comes with dd-wrt preloaded if I want to really do some hobbyist home networking (you can usualy buy a linksys router preloaded with dd-wrt from newegg for cheap) there are some pretty cool options in DD-WRT
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by:ws11
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Thanks again for your advice.
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