Advanced Home Networking In 2017
For as long as I can remember I have never really had what you would call a ‘typical’ home network. Back in the early 2000s I had a Cisco home lab which included two Cisco 2610 routers that a friend gave me. I ended up using these to create a home DMZ for my WiFi network, which was still WEP in those days so I was a little paranoid about security. While this was great for my study, I was also able to use it for real world purposes. One application was my car. That’s right, in 2004 I had a WiFi connected car. This was before I had kids, so I decided to install a Shuttle XPC in the back of my Honda Accord Type-R, with a touch screen in the front console with full-screen Winamp for my MP3 collection. I won a few trophies at the UK sound-off competitions back then. All good fun.
For the past few years I have been using a Draytek Vigor 2925n. My original intent for purchasing this when I lived in England, was to do something about my slow internet speed. I wasn’t able to get cable, so my internet was limited to VDSL2 technology (BT Infinity in my case). Due to the distance from the cabinet (DSLAM) being over 1.1 kilometers, I was lucky to get 11Mbps download speed and 1.5Mbps upload. Using the 2925n I was able to load-balance across these connections to double my speed. Kind of. It’s not true bonded DSL, so each connection can only use one of the DSL lines, but it still helped a lot. It was also useful for bypassing certain geo-restrictions (ahem, Netflix), since it was easy enough to create another SSID which was tied to a VPN service. [Read more…] about Configuring DD-WRT on the Linksys WRT1900ACS for Multiple WiFi SSID and VPN Setup