Home Lab v4.0…ish

When do you upgrade your home lab version? New hardware? New arrangement? I’m not really sure, so we’re going to go with v4.0.

This post is really just an overview of what the lab currently looks like and some of the functions it performs. A lot of it is more production than lab, so…labduction?

There she is, up there, in all of her cobbled together glory. And trust me, I’m cleaning up the cabling this weekend! I wish I’d known when I started what I know now, but I suppose that’s part of the reason we do this! Read More

pfSense Router Upgrade

I recently replaced my home pfSense router, previously a Zotac CI323, with a Qotom Q355G4. While the Zotac was never a bad machine as a router, it wasn’t great, and as my needs began to expand, so too did my issues. I frequently experienced a complete failure of the WAN link, only solved by rebooting, and when running Suricata, a saturated WAN link meant a quick performance degradation to the point where I completely lost internet access and could not access the pfSense web interface or SSH. Read More