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SG 210 with software version XG Home License

Hello All, 

I've been stumbling around on this forum for a few months now but somehow i still didn't find a suitable solution for my issue:

I bought a SG210 for cheap - i was actually considering to buy a pc with double network cards in it but when i saw that SG210 online for $75 i thought i couldn't get any better deal. 
My intention is (and was) to install the software version of XG Home License on a device so i have a fully functional firewall with all the extra's to setup in my home automation system which is, to be honest, slowly overcrowded with IOT devices that 'need' internet access. I wanted to restrict that access (or limit it at least) to only the necessary functions.

I tried several steps and different solutions:

- gparted the internal HD of the SG210 and than use a bootable USB with the SW 17-5-9 ISO on it but on reboot all the LED's start blinking one after the other and beeps from high to low sounded from the SG210

- installed Ubuntu on the SG210 to be sure the partition was empty and again, after reboot, lights and noise from the SG210 but no installation possible

- reinstalled XG Hardware Appliance OS - which worked fine but was limited due to license limitations

So, my questions are: is it possible to run XG Software with a Home License on a SG210? And if 'yes': How do i get it to work?
I am aware that it is possible to run it on a SG115 and similar models - i just haven't found a way to get it to run on a SG210...

I know there could be a chance that these questions are already answered - if so: please move the post to the appropriate board or remove the post at all but please be so kind to refer me to the solution



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  • Hi  

    Please refer to the link for Sophos XG home - https://www.sophos.com/en-us/products/free-tools/sophos-xg-firewall-home-edition.aspx

    What you need

    • Intel compatible computer with dual network interfaces. (Any previous OS or files on the computer will be overwritten when installing the XG Firewall Home Edition)
    • Home Edition is limited to 4 cores and 6 GB of RAM. The computer can have more than this, but XG Firewall Home Edition will not be able to utilize it.

    Let me ask fellow community member  to check your post and can share more details on your requirements.

    Regards,

    Keyur
    Community Support Engineer | Sophos Support
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  • Luk

    Security Architect

    UTM Certified Architect - XG Certified Architect

  • Hey Luk, 

    Your link was exactly the steps i took with the SG210 and that resulted into a chirping & blinking appliance.
    I see plenty of SG115's being 'converted' to Software XG Home but somehow i get the feeling that the SG210 doesn't play along in that list...

    I planned my afternoon free to fiddle around again: i'll start with gparted again and start from scratch.
    Funny thing though: whatever i have done so far, the text on the LCD Display keeps saying "SOPHOS protection" - should that be a clue that, no matter what i did so far, the SSD is still not empty?

    Thx in advance for your support/input

    Koen

  • UPDATE 

    After planning my afternoon free today to try to tackle this issue i made the following steps:

    1. gparted the SG210 (Fat32), again, formatted USB and used Rufus to write SW-17.5.9_MR-9-577.iso on the stick, inserted stick and restarted SG210 with as result:
      chirping/beeping SG210 with LEDS blinking from left to right

    2. downloaded latest Ubuntu (v. 19.10-desktop-amd64), used Rufus to write ISO on newly formatted USB (same stick as used with SW-17.5.9_MR-9-577) and inserted in SG210, started up SG210 and chose "Try Ubuntu" - used Terminal in Ubuntu to FDisk SG210 - reboot with new USB with SW-17.5.9_MR-9-577 inserted in SG210:
      no response from SG210.

      Powered down SG210 and powered back up, with USB with SW-17.5.9_MR-9-577: 
      chirping/beeping SG210 with LEDS blinking from left to right

    3. gparted the SG210 (EXT4) and again as FAT32, formatted USB and used Rufus to write SW-17.5.7_MR-7-511.iso on the stick, inserted stick and restarted SG210 with as result:
      chirping/beeping SG210 with LEDS blinking from left to right


    4. Formatted USB, Rufus HW-17.5.7_MR-7-511.iso, restart SG210 - 'für Elise' XG Hardware version successfully installed:
      sadly with no option whatsoever to ad a home license to it...

    5. Run installation process for XG new install, logged in, FWOS works fine:
      with limitations

    6. Someone shared an older trick to get SW running on HW Appliance: remove ASG and insert SW ISO into USB to create new ASG (i assume?) and be able to run the software version of XG on a SG210 appliance.

      SSH into SG210 as admin, trying to find ASG to delete - no ASG to be found?


    ... and now i am a little stuck...
    I'm really wondering what i am missing, what i did wrong, what trick i didn't try - happy over all the input you guys & guru's can give!

    Bright side of the day? My Linux skills improved massively ;)

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  • Seen that on a few times already but i thought that one is pretty dead since the last post is from 2018...

  • You can basically follow the same processes like those people. Should work. 

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  • LuCar Toni said:

    You can basically follow the same processes like those people. Should work. 

     

    It was the original thread i was going with till i got stuck with that chirping/blinking SG210 and i wasn't looking forward in opening the box and replacing the SSD but, the longer i am on it - the more appealing that starts to sound...

    I think i will write a suggestion to Sophos as well since there are more and more older appliances coming onto the private market and it would be a waste if they end up as scrap - although something tells me it will not have much impact on them ;)

  • Hi Koen,

    besides replacing the disk, I suspect you need a bios upgrade. I am not sure how you go about locating the BIOS upgrade for a Sophos firewall?

    Ian

     
    V18.0.x - e3-1225v5 6gb ram on 4 port MB with 2 x APX120 - 20w. 
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  • rfcat_vk said:
    Hi Koen,

    besides replacing the disk, I suspect you need a bios upgrade. I am not sure how you go about locating the BIOS upgrade for a Sophos firewall?

    Ian

    Exactly my thoughts; i figures that it might had something BIOS related, i did find out that there’s also a password embedded in the BIOS that i don’t know so flashing the whole thing would or could also be a step closer to the solution...?

    But after spending around 5 hours online with Sophos support I’m a bit done with firewalls today: tomorrow is a new day