I started out by adding my first Ubiquity product to my home network, a $50 ER-X EdgeRouter; I found this to be such a breath of fresh air in terms of the UI, Vyatta OS. The fact that all the configs are stored in a JSON-esq file is just fantastic and the CLI is pretty decent once you get the hang of things.
I’ve got some fairly advanced firewall/NAT, DNAT configs running right now and my only complaint is that I probably should upgrade to a more powerful version of the EdgeRouter.
My second addition was a TOUGHSwitch 8-port PoE, and was actually my very first ‘managed lvl2’ Switch. I’ve tagged some VLANs and am currently running 2x G3 Bullet cams directly off it.
I also picked up an entire 1000m spool of ToughCable Carrier and have been running the bulk of the runs inside and out with this cabling. The quality is incredible; the local chepo cabling just wouldn’t have survived the outdoor runs. For jacks, I’m using the recommended TC-100 Ubiquity shielded RJ45 jacks as well as some EZPRO RJ45 jacks that are shielded.
2x UAP AC-LITEs are also running at home. Between the UniFi ‘Controller’ and Video software, so far I’m pretty happy with the upgraded network.
As for the Netgear equipment I’m using:
- Netgear ProSafe 1u 24-port GigE Switch (unmanaged)
- Netgear ProSafe 8-port GigE Switch (unmanaged)
- Netgear Nighthawk AC3200 (R8000) // now, mainly a repeater.
- Netgear Extender EX6200
The Nighthawk and EX6200 were ‘core-components’ for over 3-years, which are now just used to extend the network to parts of the house where I do not want to run cabling to.
Recently, I also added a Linksys WRT AC3200 which I’ve flashed with dd-wrt; this is running an OpenVPN client and all wireless devices that connect, are protected from ISP-snooping.