okay, I hope this isn’t going to be too much of a mess.
I am planning to remodel my home network, firewall and NAS. Also l’m thinking about switching to 10 Gbit Ethernet for a couple of devices. At least for the momend I’m planning to build most of the hardware myself from stuff I have lying around and stuff I can get for free/cheap from a local company that’s upgrading their equipment. (mostly I just enjoy tinkering and learning new stuff)
Right along the lines “My web search isn’t your networking degree” I understand I know nothing and need to double check some stuff.
- Is it possible to just switch out my ISPs router for my own pfsense box. Worst case I expect I need to clone the MAC adress of my current Router or is there more to it? I have fiber directly into the building to a small box that is connected to the router via a optical cable with SC connectors.
- I’m not entirely sure if I should use the existing Cat 6A cabling or switch to optical cables with SFP+. As the network looks now I’d need two 10 Gbit switches anyway or I need additional cabling which is kind of a pain. However, 10 Gbit RJ45 switches are expensive and the SFP+ types seem to be a lot more affordable. I don’t know which way to go.
- Does anyone know more affordable 10 Gbit RJ45 switches? The Netgear XS708T costs 493 Euros!
- I am still not entirely sure about when to use a managed switch and when not. (this one probably shouldn’t be that hard for me to grasp but it is for me)
- Currently I’m using a lot of VMs with pci passthrough on my main machine and I switch between them with my raspberry pi. If I’m going to have a fast NAS anyway would it make sense to use network booting for the different operating systems/images instead of having them in VMs. I have never used network booting but it does not seem to be used a lot anymore. Is there a reason for that?
I know I’m leaving out a lot of details but I’m not sure what is important and what is not. My current setup is kind of convoluted because it developed over time.
Thanks for your help!