In the near future I may be moving into the unit/flat next to my friend and I am investigating ways to share networks with each other. There will be 4 people normally and we aren't crazy downloaders but we might have video streaming or gaming happening at the same time.
Without running excessively long ethernet cables or drilling holes in walls this is my idea.
This is my current idea.
A quiet/silent PC running PFSense to handle networking and internet between the two units. I was thinking I could do Load Balancing between the 2 modems. There could be a rather high bandwith ethernet connection to the Server which will handle media transcoding, virtualization and file hosting.
PFSense would also host a WiFi hot-spot so we could just WiFi to it instead of running ethernet to all the devices.
I have a couple of questions though.
What do you guys think? If you have a better idea what is it?
The biggest bottleneck I can see is the WiFi hotspot, can you use multiple cards and "load balance" them or one that has multiple antenna (like the ASUS PCE-AC68) to increase potential bandwith?
Drilling holes is a big "NOPE" so the only 2 options are to use WiFi to my friends modem or run a cable out through the front doors and to connect the two. The maximum bandwith of the modems won't be much (20MBps tops) so WiFi should be ok enough.... Right?
I might set up a 2nd hotspot for my PIA (Private Internet Access) subscription so all I need to do is swap hotspots and my connection is encrypted. Is that easy enough to do or will it be better to just encrypt all the data?
What do you suggest for the ethernet connection to the server? I was thinking a teamed gigabit network but is there a way I can use less cables and have the same or better speeds (for a reasonable price as well haha)?