IPsec – My LAN, Your LAN, Our LAN

For about a year I have wanted to get an IPsec tunnel between me and my parent’s.  This will allow me to drop a server there and store offsite information.  More importantly, it helps me troubleshoot their issues.  Multi-vendor IPsec never is easy, given IPsec is a standard it will always work.  I’ve been slowly learning Ubiquiti’s EdgeOS (Vyatta).  The command structure is very similar to Juniper’s JunOS.  Given that I’m not 100% familiar with EdgeOS, I’ve been using templates and code snippets from across the internet.  Like any, one cannot simply copy/paste.  These generic rule’s might not be efficient in everyone’s case.  I have modified my install heavily.  For example, I use WA8LIV.com as one of the host’s.  On consumer grade internet, my IP address could change.  Dynamic DNS updates and the tunnel fixes itself.  My parent’s are also now using Dynamic DNS.

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The need for a better home router (Part 2 of probably many)

If you’re like I am.  You would like a great home router that is well-above consumer grade.  Linksys and D-Link simply won’t do, but, one can find some pretty good gear that might be interesting and fulfill actual needs.  For anyone that know’s me, I’ve always supported Ubiquiti networks for their cheap entry level professional gear; I will here too but only because I feel they provide great gear for a great price and will meet the requirements given. Continue reading