Hello Level1 crew.
As the title suggests I’m looking for a managed switch to LEARN on. Hoping there’s a cost effective option.
With all your help I was able to set up my proxmox server, get drives in order, create a NAS effectively with samba, got my LXE to run Plex with a GPU passed through. So far I’m on a roll. So I’m thinking of what I would like to tinker around with next. I’ll post all the specs later when I can.
So now I’d like to work more with networking as well as security. I have a account with PIA, private internet access for those not familiar, and I wonder if I can integrate that for use, or somehow increase security on my home network. I’d like to be able to use both 1gb ports on my motherboard at once (asrock rack x470du I think) for faster speeds? I’d also like to use pfSense or pihole? Is there a way to use my server as the gateway to the internet instead of my router? I have kind of a janky network set up I’ll try to add a picture for.
Those are some of the things I’d like to do without another PC if possible. I also still have room in my case for another pcie card and was considering maybe a network device for it? I believe it’s a 8x pcie.
So, if I want to learn more about networking in a home lab setting and use a managed switch for the possibilities above what should be some good options. I think I’d only need a 8 port switch for everything in my office plus dual connections and IPMI connection.