3 ISPs + PfSense + Ubiquiti: Quick Home Net Tour (in 8K)



two gigabits per second that's the internet connection that we have coming into our home office and I thought I'd make a short video talking a little bit about our unique requirements here and what we did to address them so two gigabits per second we have three different ISPs coming into our home office you have Verizon FiOS which gives us a gigabit per second up and down you have spectrum which gives us a gigabit down in about thirty five megabits up and we have Ethernet coming to our unit which gives us 150 megabits up and down so three different ISPs not the easiest situation to sort of take advantage of the bandwidth of each one we think we came up with a pretty good solution so as you know from a previous video we were testing out the u.s. gxg router which ubiquity was kind enough to send us and that router was fantastic except it only natively supported two different ISPs and we have 3 ISPs coming into the unit so we've been using pfSense for a while now and one of the nice things about pfSense is that natively supports policy based routing so with policy based routing we can specify what types of connections go over which when linked so for example we use VoIP phones here in the apartment and we're out all of our sip traffic through our 150 megabit connection because it has the lowest latency to our supervisor for our spectrum connection which has gigabit down in thirty five megabits up we use that for all of our streaming traffic things like Netflix and YouTube reverse backup syncs coming in because that gives us more download and upload bandwidth and then we use verizon fios for our main internet connection so we have three different ISPs coming into our pfsense router and since all of these ISPs in aggregate are greater than one gigabit coming out of the pfsense router we have a 10 gig connection going into our main ubiquity USG 16 port 10g switch connected to our 10g switch we have a 48 port POS which which we use to power all of our access points all of our phones and some other POV equipment out on a network we're also running three different raspberry PI's on two of the raspberry PI's we're running piehole four DNS caching for blocking adware and malware and then on our third piehole we're running haseo home assistant I'll do a separate video on the home automation that we have running here in the apartment but the raspberry PI's really worked great for that because they're not very CPU intensive they're low energy and they plug right into our 48 port gigabit switch and we have a very unique storage solution which we use to store all of our photos and videos so for our storage solution we're using queue naps we have three of them in aggregate that's like 350 terabytes of storage which sounds like an obscene amount it is but when you start recording in 8k red code footage it's pretty easy to eat through that storage quickly we're using about 50% of it now which gives us some room to grow each of our cue naps are connected to our main 10g switch through dedicated 10g links so all of our workstations are able to access this type of storage at 10g speeds so we have three different cue nuts here in the network this one here we use to store all of our red raw footage this other one we use to store all of our photos and RAW files for those photos and then our third cue nap we use as a virtualization server and then running on the virtualization server we have things like transcoding background tasks we put a GPU in there to help help assist with Hardware encoding I also set up a photos screensaver which was sort of an interesting project I'll do a separate video on that but basically we have over a million photos that we've taken over the past 20 years and most of them just sort of sit on the server so we have two screen savers outside of our office which constantly cycle through the different photos and they show you the date to show you where they were taken and that's running off of a virtualized instance on our Q net virtualization server we also run things like next cloud we have nginx running for HTTP caching and all that stuff is running on the third cue naps I took a lot of heat in one of the other videos that I made about why I don't have a rack well it was sort of a compromise with my fiancee she thought that Iraq was a little bit too much not not appropriate for a home office so we sort of compromised on this kitchen unit that has casters and can slide in and out of the closet but honestly it works pretty great so let me show you a speed test so we have three different ISPs and in aggregate its greater than 2 gigabits but because there's no single link that's greater than gigabit we're not going to see that type of speed just from running one speed test what I did was using policy-based routing and PF sense is I routed different speed test servers through the different when links so that I can run three of them in parallel which in aggregate will show you just about what this internet connection is capable of so we'll do a speed test here and as you can see it's greater than 2 gigabits and that's coming in and going out it's it's just over a gigabit because two of the ISPs are slower than the main FiOS link so that gives us great bandwidth in and out and when we're doing things like file transfers backup syncs things run really quick and really snappy so yeah if you liked this video don't forget to subscribe if you have any questions or comments leave one and I'll get back to them and as soon as I get a chance and I'll do some more follow-up videos about the home network and maybe another one on the home automation that we have set up here

3 thoughts on “3 ISPs + PfSense + Ubiquiti: Quick Home Net Tour (in 8K)

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