Getting started with MikroTik CCR1009 and RouterOS

Getting started with MikroTik CCR1009 and RouterOS

When I began replacing my Unifi switches with MikroTik β€” I was very impressed with the MikroTik devices. So when I found a CCR1009-7G-1C-1S Core router, second hand, for a reasonable price β€” there was no reason not to buy it.

RouterOS seemed daunting at first; so I watched a lot of YouTube videos from The Network Berg, which increased my confidence πŸ™‚

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Replacing Unifi switches with MikroTik

Replacing Unifi switches with MikroTik

The last month or so I’ve been replacing my Ubiquity Unifi switches. It’s part of a complete network rebuild β€” more posts will follow…

Four years ago; when I first got into the Unifi system, I loved the single pane of glass admin interface. But now I feel that the interface is too glossed over, prioritizing looks over function. The new Unifi controller UI is just terrible…

I like networking, it’s one of my hobbies. I want VLANs to be named VLANs, not network isolation.

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Getting started with EVE-NG

Getting started with EVE-NG

I’ve been familiarizing myself with MikroTik equipment recently, especially RouterOS β€” in a quest to learn and understand more about networking.

During that process I found the YouTube channel The Network Berg, which have been tremendously helpful. I noticed that he used EVE-NG for all his demos and tutorials. It’s a tool to emulate a virtual network environment.

So I set up my own EVE-NG server, here is how πŸ‘‡

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My home Ethernet wiring

My home Ethernet wiring
Home network, screen shot from the Unifi controller

When we bought our house last year; it had lots of coax and telephone outlets, with conduit in the wall connecting them. I have no use for these outlets, but the wall boxes and conduits can be repurposed for Ethernet cables πŸ™‚

All Ethernet cables goes to the patch panel in my home office.

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Hide your homelab IP with a VPS, WireGuard and iptables

Hide your homelab IP with a VPS, WireGuard and iptables

One (potential) downside to running public services on your homelab, is that you expose your IP address. That may, or may not, be a problem β€” but here are ways around it. The simplest way is to put Cloudflare in front, but this will only handle web traffic, and is a bit of a black box.

Another, more hands-on, approach is to use a VPS (or LXC container); WireGuard and iptables. We will create a secure tunnel between the VPS/container and the homelab HAProxy instance, and forward traffic using iptables.

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