To access the IPCop GUI it's as simple as starting your browser and entering the IP address (of IPCop's Green interface), or the hostname of your IPCop, along with a port director of 8443 (https/secure): https://ipcop.localdomain:8443 or https://192.168.1.1:8443.
From IPCop Release 2.0.0, http connections to port 81 will not be redirected to a secure port.
Also, as of IPCop Release 2.0.0, the port for https secure connections has been changed to 8443. Connections to port 445 will not be redirected.
A command line utility setreservedports is available to allow Administrators to change the secure port. Refer to the section on setreservedports for details.
You will be asked for a username and password.
admin as the username, and the password you
chose when installing IPCop.
You should now be looking at the Home Page of your IPCop's Web Administration GUI. You can immediately start exploring the different options and information available to you through this interface.
At the foot of every page you will see a clickable Sourceforge icon that links to the project's resources on Sourceforge. The footer on every page also has the current Connection Status, above the current date and time, and the version number of the installed system, beside the copyright notice. In the right-hand corner the Shielded Tux icon links to the IPCop website.
IPCop's Administrative web pages or AWs are available via the menus at the top of the screen.
The Home web page is one of several web pages that will look different depending on the way IPCop is configured. If your Internet connection is via an Ethernet RED interface the Home web page will not show a connection name (the 'Current Profile').
If all went well during the configuration of your PPP connection, and PPP is the connection type being used to connect to the Internet, you will see a box like the one below.
You will not see an active connection until you have finished configuring your IPCop.
At the top left corner of the box you will see the fully qualified domain name of your IPCop.
There are three buttons in the box. Two control connection to the Internet:
- This will force a connection attempt to the Internet.
- This will drop the connection to the Internet.
- This will force a refresh of the page, to update the display.
In addition to the above buttons you will see the “Current Profile” being used to connect to the Internet (Set in the Dialup AW). Below the “Current Profile” line, you will see your actual connection status. This will be one of the following:
Idle - No connection to the Internet and not trying to connect.
Dialing - Attempting to connect to the Internet.
Connected - Currently connected to the Internet.
Dial on Demand waiting - Currently not connected to the Internet. Waiting for activity from a Client on the network to initiate a connection.
If you are currently connected to the Internet you will see a Connection status line in the following format:
Connected (#d #h #m #s)
IPCop has two web users. The first is called 'admin'. Authenticating as this user gives access to all Administrative Webpages. The other user, called 'dial', is able only to use theor buttons. By default, the 'dial' user is disabled; to enable it you must set a password for that user.
From IPCop Release 2.0.0, you must be authenticated to access the GUI. This includes the Home and Credits webpages.