I thought that I had posted about my LAN configuration before but I can’t find it.

I’d been following Steve Gibson’s Three Dumb Router solution to IOT insecurity. But I’ve also come across several discussions of using Ubiquiti’s EdgeRouter X.

My equipment closet had become a rat’s nest with long Ethernet cables wadded up behind all the equipment. Of course they were either not labeled or had the wrong labels on them. So I redesigned my LAN segmenting it into a home (safe) network and Internet of Things (IoT) (unsafe) devices.

I bought color coded patch cables from Monoprice — red for Internet, green for home and blue for IoT.

To manage the connections to each segment I added a 8-port Gigabit switch to each segment. I haven’t implemented the EdgeRouter X yet so I’m actually not yet isolating the 2 segments. The dashed lines represent the current configuration.

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Update: Did you find the problem in this configuration? Look again. Look closer. Then scroll down. The NETGEAR ProSafe FS108NA is 10/100 mbps, not gigabit. I discovered this when I copied a large amount of data to the Drobo 5N. It was SLOW. I have since replaced the NETGEAR with a D-Link GO-SW-8GE.

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Originally published at blog.benmoore.info on September 11, 2017.

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