I have a home / business network. I’m trying to figure out how to best manage / configure it for improved reliability. The current setup is as follows:
ATT Fibre into an OTA (plugged into the wall no UPS)
Ethernet from the OTA to their Arris Router (pile of Junk)
- This currently provides DHCP
- NAT Routing / port forwarding to some web servers I have running in containers
- They have a local domain of attlocal.net (I can’t change this)
- Provides an SSID for home wifi (no mesh)
GB Ethernet out of Router into a Cisco switch (SG-200-26) protected by UPS
Ports connected to my home structured cabling
Most of the home devices (N Macs, N PC’s and a printer) are connected by Ethernet
All the rest connected by wifi (iPhones, iPads, etc)
I did have an apple AirPort Extreme connected by Ethernet providing an SSID in bridged mode but it always seemed un-reliable so I shut it down.
I do an apple airport express but that is acting only as a way to get music to an old stereo amp in one room.
So here are my question ?
- Can I replace the ATT OTA and get fibre directly into a device of my own ?
I wasn’t at home when they installed the fibre and being the lazy sod’s installers are they just drilled a hole into the nearest room with a plug and installed it there. All of my other stuff terminates in the Garage (cable, Structured wiring, etc)
- Can I get rid of the Arris router as its rubbish if so what should I replace it with ?
My Cisco Switch supports Vlans and I would like to put the outside facing Servers in a separate v-lan from my home devices. however, I’m not sure how I would access my web server if that was the case.
I am considering putting a wireless mesh in place as my home is three stories and the router is in the garage. I have been looking at ubiquity as I have enough ethernet to be able to use POE. Also considering Cameras and would like to do the same with that.
In order to access my domain names from inside my network I run DNSMasq on one of the servers to provide the local clients the ability to connect. Problem is I have to configure each device to access the local DNS as the Arris router doesn’t let me change the DNS.
I’d also like to get away from the ISP snooping and utilize some sort of VPN for the whole home.
I’d like to get my IOT devices onto a separate wifi network also.
Any thoughts / ideas gratefully received.