Best Gigabit Routers

Budget Router: ER-X Ubiquiti EdgeRouter ER-X (Amazon) This is the best gigabit router under $100. Don’t let the size fool you. This has an ASIC (Application Specific Integrated Circuit) processor onboard, allowing it to match or outperform more expensive routers by offloading tasks expensive to a CPU. If you have a fleet of them, they … Continue reading “Best Gigabit Routers”

WireGuard VPN

Have you heard about WireGuard? I was looking at OpenVPN and other VPN options recently and came across WireGuard. WireGuard is built into the Linux kernel and is now available for just about every platform: Windows, Mac, FreeBSD, Android, iOS. I would just run WireGuard in a VM but if you wanted to it can … Continue reading “WireGuard VPN”

Wireless APs and Switches | UniFi

When all of your network devices lose access to the internet all at the same time regularly throughout the day, there is not much to blame other than a bad network cable to your Wireless Access Point (AP), or the Access Point itself.  It wasn’t the cable.  My old Cisco-Linksys E3000’s days were numbered.  Skype … Continue reading “Wireless APs and Switches | UniFi”

DNS Hijacked? Slow? Setup Unbound on pfSense

Why Is It Slow? When you request a website, say, b3n.org, your computer needs the IP address.  So it sends out packets through your router/firewall, your modem, and out to your ISPs DNS Servers.  Your ISP’s DNS server will probably have it cached, if not it queries the authoritative (starting with the Root Name Servers) … Continue reading “DNS Hijacked? Slow? Setup Unbound on pfSense”

pfSense Firewall HA Failover Cluster

Last night, I was attending a LAN party remotely and between games I noticed my pfSense router needed to be updated but of course an update brings down my internet for 30 seconds while it reboots which I didn’t want to do–and then I thought, I should really cluster this.  I found a straight-forward pfSense HA … Continue reading “pfSense Firewall HA Failover Cluster”