I have been increasing the sophistication of my home network over the year. It all started when my network was not intermittently not working, internet connection regularly dropping for minutes at a time and driving my whole family nuts.
As I learned more and more about networking to fix the problem, I had build a complex setup using a NUC as a linux server, with an openvpn server, network latency monitoring using SmokePing, IDS using snort and snorby, traffic monitoring using ntopng and a few other security tools.
It was a nice setup with mostly netgear hardware. It was working ok, but I had read about Unifi for a while and decided to try to upgrade my setup using that setup. My goals were to
- make sure roaming accross the house and 2G and 5G band would become smoother.
- setup VLANs so I could isolate guests and IOT devices like cameras etc from my main network
My house is quite vertical with 4 floors and narrow. Each level having one or two rooms. The wifi signal does not go well through the floors, and in my previous setup I have at least one access point per floor. This is a typical narrow semi-detached house in the UK, and therefore many neighbors wifi network are visible. I have ethernet cabling going to most room and I try to get the maximum devices hardwired.
I went a bit overboard. I ordered the 5-packs Unifi Nano-HD and 4 Unifi 8 Port Switch so I would have one pair for each room.
For the main cabinet in the basement where all the cables converge I got a Unifi 24 port switch.
I chose the USG 4 Pro while using as AAISP which I highly recommend. The main reason being that my neighborhood is going to be a pilot for a new 330mbps services, and I wanted to be ready to handle the higher speed with the IDS feature turned on.
All the basics worked pretty much out of the box. Though I had a few issues to revolve, which I’ll write about in future posts.