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Get Real: set up a new Home Network and got questions

Postby Paphitis » Sun Aug 23, 2020 12:48 pm

Hi Get Real, had some time on my hands so I set up a network.

What I did:

I bought a IT cabinet.

I set up 2 DVRs, one 4 channel, and the other 8 channel operating 11 CCTV camera recording on 2 separate drives.
Have re -implemented an old ASUS 68UT router with internal firewall.

Then, I bought a UniFi Switch with 8 PoE outlets. A Unifi Controller for integration.

Set up 3 Access Points - basically 3 x UAP - LR (long range) with 2 out door mesh points.

The only thing I didn't get was the UniFi fire wall. I wasn't told I had to.

I set it all up and am running 4 networks atm as follows:

- Router 2.4G
- Router 4G (both these running from the ASUS)
- 3 x UAP - LR Access points
- 2 x outdoor mesh points

Installed it all and its up and running.

However, my 3 UAP - LR Access points are running slow at this point. About a fifth of my 5G network. I am working on this issue right now. Apparently I have to make the SSIDs of the ASUS and UAPs the same. Then combine the ASUS 2.4G and ASUS 5G to avoid confusing the network. This will allow roaming to the fastest network as I roam with devices around the house.

My question, I am a little concerned I didn't buy the Unifi Firewall device and connected this up. Will this make me vulnerable.
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Re: Get Real: set up a new Home Network and got questions

Postby Get Real! » Sun Aug 23, 2020 1:06 pm

No, it’ll just make you slower by increasing the overall latency.

Latency is the useless delay when attempting to access sites on the Internet. In a browser the screen will be white with a "Loading..." message of some sort, and no activity whatsoever.

Technically, it should read "Waiting..." because that's what a browser is really doing while the Internet infrastructure is contacting the site.

Disabling Firewalls that are in series, is one way to speed things up; keep in mind that Windows already has a Firewall running.

Of course, flushing and resetting the DNS Cache also helps to reduce latency.
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Re: Get Real: set up a new Home Network and got questions

Postby Paphitis » Sun Aug 23, 2020 1:27 pm

Get Real! wrote:No, it’ll just make you slower by increasing the overall latency.

Latency is the useless delay when attempting to access sites on the Internet. In a browser the screen will be white with a "Loading..." message of some sort, and no activity whatsoever.

Technically, it should read "Waiting..." because that's what a browser is really doing while the Internet infrastructure is contacting the site.

Disabling Firewalls that are in series, is one way to speed things up; keep in mind that Windows already has a Firewall running.

Of course, flushing and resetting the DNS Cache also helps to reduce latency.


Thanks! So I can strike the firewall off. Te YouTube tutorial was saying I needed one or alluded to it at least.

So should I turn off the built in ASUS firewall get Real? Will this help my AP speed issue? And rely on Windows firewall.

I still haven't configured properly and roaming isn't working yet. Hoping to have this going tonight or tomorrow.
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Re: Get Real: set up a new Home Network and got questions

Postby Get Real! » Sun Aug 23, 2020 3:34 pm

I always turn off the Firewall in a new router used at home and I also alter certain settings.

The reason being that security takes a secondary role for a home network; unlike a business/organization’s network.

A (normal/typical) home is not advertised anywhere and doesn’t accept online visits from the public so there’s no need for paranoia.

The Windows Firewall is more than enough for a home network.
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Re: Get Real: set up a new Home Network and got questions

Postby Paphitis » Sun Aug 23, 2020 3:44 pm

Get Real! wrote:I always turn off the Firewall in a new router used at home and I also alter certain settings.

The reason being that security takes a secondary role for a home network; unlike a business/organization’s network.

A (normal/typical) home is not advertised anywhere and doesn’t accept online visits from the public so there’s no need for paranoia.

The Windows Firewall is more than enough for a home network.


Thanks Get Real. Thanks valuable.

I'm going to switch it off.

Yes my network is a home network.

Tomorrow, I am going to so do some other tweaking.
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Re: Get Real: set up a new Home Network and got questions

Postby Get Real! » Sun Aug 23, 2020 4:03 pm

Here's the layout of a typical Star network for homes...

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Re: Get Real: set up a new Home Network and got questions

Postby Paphitis » Mon Aug 24, 2020 10:50 am

Get Real! wrote:Here's the layout of a typical Star network for homes...

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Thanks Get Real.

That's exactly how mine is set up but I also have a TP Link for all the wall socket hardwire points in every room. Reality is it's obsolete, as we will all be using wifi except maybe the cinema and smart TVs we have. TP Link is connected to router. I'm quite proud of it.

I'll take a photo of the IT Cabinet I made. It's really neat and done very well, with all my cabling labled, and organised wonderfully.
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Re: Get Real: set up a new Home Network and got questions

Postby Londonrake » Mon Aug 24, 2020 11:04 am

Paphitis wrote: It's really neat and done very well, with all my cabling labled, and organised wonderfully.


Are you married? :wink: :D
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Re: Get Real: set up a new Home Network and got questions

Postby Get Real! » Mon Aug 24, 2020 11:08 am

Paphitis wrote:I'll take a photo of the IT Cabinet I made. It's really neat and done very well, with all my cabling labled, and organised wonderfully.

You made yours? I'd definitely like to see that... :)
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Re: Get Real: set up a new Home Network and got questions

Postby Paphitis » Mon Aug 24, 2020 11:28 am

Get Real! wrote:
Paphitis wrote:I'll take a photo of the IT Cabinet I made. It's really neat and done very well, with all my cabling labled, and organised wonderfully.

You made yours? I'd definitely like to see that... :)


I built my own network I mean. Not the IT Cabinet.

The IT Cabinet I used was a SANUS 1.72m

I plan to add a fan to it. SANUS sell them too that fit perfectly.
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