This post is part of the Home network v2 series.
Last year — I wrote about plans for my home network, or home network v2, as I called it. Let’s take a look at what I have done, what remains, and what has changed since then.
Table of contents
Replace EdgeRouter with MikroTik CCR1009
I decided to use a virtual VyOS instance instead of the CCR1009, but then had some problems and downtime with the nightly VyOS builds. So I started testing a virtual CHR (a RouterOS version intended for running as a virtual machine) — which I am currently using, and very happy with 🙂
My EdgeRouter still sits between the CHR and my local network, but I am slowly migrating everything to the CHR 🙂
- Set up a virtual VyOS router
- Move homelab into own LAB net, behind the VyOS
- Share routes between VyOS and RouterOS using OSPF
- Move WireGuard server from container into VyOS
My current plan is to set up another virtual instance of CHR, intended for inter-VLAN traffic — and share routes between the two CHR instances. I have started testing WireGuard server on my edge CHR, and it seems to working well 👍
- Set up client, or consumer, network
- Move all “regular” devices to this network (phones, laptops, IoT, etc)
This is done 😎
- Make management network
- Move access points, switches, UPS, etc to this network
- Bind SSH on all servers to this network
- Servers with fiber will also be connected to this network with Ethernet
- Properly configure RSTP on all switches
Not done, but the plan is the same — for now.
- Make guest network, Wi-Fi basically
- Make CoLo network, for equipment which is not mine
I have made a guest VLAN, with only internet access. And a guest Wi-Fi which uses this VLAN. I’m not going to make a CoLo network, as I don’t really need it.
- Possibly a services network, for things like DNS, NTP, etc
I’m currently using my edge CHR for both DNS and NTP, so I don’t think I need this.
These tasks are completed:
- Wired CAT6 to the garage, 6U network rack and PoE switch
- Installing a network socket by the living room TV and media center
- Move the openly installed network cable to the hallway access point, to a conduit in the wall
- Get two network cables to the attic
- Try to improve the weak spots there were uncovered during my Wi-Fi mapping
I’ve done multiple Wi-Fi improvements, but I have a few more in mind. And I need to redo the measurements — to verify the results.
More closing thoughts
My home network feels a bit “in limbo” at the moment, with the CHR in front of the EdgeRouter. But everything is working as it should 🙂
I will be writing more about setting up CHR in Proxmox — and migrating my network to it, and how I am using it with my ISP (Altibox) fiber.
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