Posts Tagged ‘Router’

Adventures in Networking: Setting Up a Home Network with EdgeOS

As promised, the summary of everything I’ve done to date. I’m still messing with IPv6, and I found my VLAN settings were all messed up, so expect some more updates on this topic. So far, though, here’s what I have, from start to finish:

Adventures in Networking, Part 1: Intro

Adventures in Networking, Part 2: Initial Setup

Adventures in Networking, Part 3: Switch It Up

Adventures in Networking, Part 4: Zone Defense

Adventures in Networking, Part 5: Splunking

Adventures in Networking, Part 6: IPv6

I’ll continue to add more as I play around with my network!

Adventures in Networking, Part 6: IPv6

This is finally the end of my series on setting up my EdgeRouter and all the fun I had with it. This part was the hardest part, but it was also quite the learning experience: getting IPv6 up an running on my router. It took a lot of work, muddling around with configs, and reading a lot of articles, but in the end I passed the IPV6 Test with a score of 100%, which is something that I never could have done before. So read more to see the (current) conclusion of this endeavor.

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Adventures in Networking, Part 5: Splunking

When I finished part 4, I had a zone-based firewall set up with rules for traffic between each zone. Since I started with a locked-down configuration, how did I know what was getting blocked, especially those services that may run in the background without any user intervention? I solved this, and many other problems, by using Splunk to analyze my firewall rules and figure out what was getting blocked.

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Adventures in Networking, Part 4: Zone Defense

After part 3, I had a fully-functioning, switched network. So then why would I want to change that? Ah, because if it ain’t broke, you aren’t doing it right. As I stated before, ACL-based firewalls are limited, defining only inbound, outbound, and local (to the router) rules on each interface. I didn’t like that limitation, since it wasn’t granular enough for those VLAN-to-VLAN connections. Fortunately, though, EdgeOS has the capability to get as strict as you want, but you better be ready for some CLI configurations!

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Adventures in Networking, Part 2: Initial Setup

Part 1 was the intro; now let’s assume that you just bought your EdgeRouter Lite, unboxed it, and plugged it in. Now what? It’s not exactly a plug-and-play device. Fortunately, it’s not too hard to set it up, and there is a lot of help with EdgeOS if you need it.

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Adventures in Networking, Part 1: Intro

I’m no CCNA, but computer networking is fun. I’ve always been the kind of person to configure everything by hand, build computers, hack up scripts to get things done, and so on. Years ago, I flashed my Linksys router with dd-wrt in order to get the most out of it (better performance mainly), but I was never really satisfied with that. The biggest gap was the lack of IPv6: because my router only had 4 MB of RAM, it could not load a dd-wrt version with IPv6 support. Once Comcast started handing out IPv6 addresses to my (purchased, not rented) Motorola Surfboard cable mode, which I discovered entirely by accident, I was even more unhappy. Alas, though, I was stuck with what I had for a while.

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