Feckin broadband


#61

Fair enough, bit I’ve just done a bit more googling, and it would appear that the HH5 doesn’t have a modem only mode - there is a workaround, but it looks complicated.

Maybe a modem router is needed after all.


#62

No need, just disable wifi on the HH and plug the N66U (switched to AP mode) into one of the HH lan ports.


#63

i’d keep the modem and router separate just to keep the load of modem duties off of the switching duties of the router. Dell are fine. Don’t dismiss Netgear, though. I have been using Netgear routers, switches and access points for years. Currently have some 30 odd wired devices and about 8 WiFi devices supported by my old (3 years) router… it has been astonishingly reliable (I cannot actually remember when I last needed to reboot it… perhaps no more than once or twice in three years), and the only network faults I have experienced have been down to VM.


#64

So the recent IoT-based DDOS attacks have been launched solely from your house? :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:


#65

no open ports here! traffic is regularly checked using wire shark. I did an experiment with a undefended machine in our Cyber Security Centre at work, and from it going live it took 9 minutes for it to be port scanned by bots…


#66

You could in any case consider to name the 2.4 and 5 MHz bands differently.
So you have 2 wifi networks, one of which you can dedicate to the heavy traffic application.
If you add a hub or router additionally, you have 4 wifi networks.
Each will handle up to 4 devices, I guess that would be OK.


#67

I was running an ASA5506 on the edge but have now switched to a Sophos UTM and it’s doing a good job, currently running a vmware lab with 7x hosts and around 200x VM’s at home so the network is constantly under attack, the sneaky bastards are trying more extensive portscans to find a hole rather than the general nmap ones.

This is a report from the last 60 minutes.


#68

Just for info, I ended up with an Asus RT-AC68U and BT Openreach modem. Both came from ebay.

I plugged the modem into the wall, waited for the green lights, then connected the Asus.

About two minutes of very simple setup work later, I was up and running.

No dropouts, no issues - just rock solid broadband for the last couple of weeks.

The Asus has a load of tricks up its sleeve. One day I’ll investigate some of those, but in the meantime I’m just enjoying having reliable web access.

Best £100 I’ve spent in quite a while.

Thanks for the advice.


#69

is that tone freebie Sophos UTM light? what you running it on?


#70

Yep, it’s not a light version though it has the full blown licence as I’m also using it to manage my WiFi AP.

Did have the old Astaro SG120 but am now using a HP Microserver with a PCI dual NIC as it has a much higher throughput with IPS enabled (200+ Mbps)

The HP Microserver is an old N36L with 8GB RAM and a dual core Athlon CPU.


#71

And you lot have the sheer audacity to call golf boring. Sheesh! :slight_smile:


#72

Two rongs don’t make a right.


#73

thanks - just need to find a nice cheap HP Microserver with two NICs. and a WiFi AP…