Cipafilter Documentation - Installation
Posted by Jim Giseburt, Last modified by Jim Giseburt on 09 May 2017 05:20 PM
In most cases you will want to consult with Cipafilter support to decide what way the router can best be installed to meet your needs. A full over-the-phone consultation during installation is included in the standard one-year maintenance and service agreement that comes with your router.
Cipafilter is usually installed one of four ways: as a replacement for your existing router, as a bridge spliced into the link between your existing router and your switch bank, as a second router connected to your existing router with a cross-over cable, or as a server on your network.
Of the four ways that Cipafilter is usually installed, installation as a bridge is the easiest. Installation as a replacement for your existing router is most recommended, however.
The Cipafilter ships with
If your network does use these IP addresses, plugging your Cipafilter in without taking the proper precautions could cause loss of Internet access or other problems. If you're not sure, please call us for assistance.
To begin the initial configuration, go to https://10.1.2.3 in your Web browser. The default user name to log in is
As a replacement for your router
Often you will find that the best way to install your Cipafilter is as a replacement for your current router. Cipafilter is a top-of-the-line router and implements virtually all of the functionality of other routing systems. In this case you would configure Cipafilter with the IP addresses, routes, and NAT settings currently on your router, and then replace your current router.
As a bridge
The easiest way to install your Cipafilter is as a bridge. Simply unplug your existing router from your switch bank, connect the Cipafilter to that port on your router via a cross-over cable, and then connect the cable that was plugged into your router to the other port on the Cipafilter. Lastly, enable the Interface Bridging option on the IP Settings page of the Web-based interface. Your network should now operate normally, and you can activate the Cipafilter's features one-by-one as you're ready to implement them.
Between your router and your network
If you do not wish to replace your current router, you can connect the Cipafilter and your existing router with a cross-over cable, and then connect the Cipafilter to the rest of your network. This essentially "splices" the Cipafilter into the cable running from your router to your network. To do this you must first pick a small subnet from a private range you aren't using. If you're using
As a server
Many features of the Cipafilter can be used simply by assigning the Cipafilter an IP address on your network and connecting it like any other server.
Disadvantages to this method include:
Running on a virtual machine
The Cipafilter firmware is also available as an image suitable for use with a virtual-machine solution. VMware is the most common and best-supported vendor, although many others have been used successfully. Any of the four previous methods may be combined with the virtual-machine option.
Note: Although bridging mode will work with a VM-based filter, this combination is somewhat more complex than others. Enabling bridging on an improperly configured virtual machine can cause serious network issues and even (in rare cases) hardware damage. It is recommended that only the most advanced administrators make use of this option.