[ubuntu-uk] Home network configuration

Mark Allison home at markallison.co.uk
Sat Jan 5 21:31:35 GMT 2008

Thanks guys - I've looked for wireless gigabit switches and they do
exist but seem to be designed for racks and not home use. I'll have a
think and will probably implement what you have suggested. It would
have been nice to have a transparent proxy with a dansguardian filter
over wireless, but it looks too prohibitively expensive for home use.
I would prefer not to have to buy another two devices (gigabit swtich
and wireless AP) to implement the solution.


On Jan 4, 2008 11:57 PM, Tom Bamford <tom at entrepreneuria.co.uk> wrote:
> Mark Allison wrote:
> > Hi there,
> >
> > I have 6 PCs at home, and have them all connected to a Netgear DG834G
> > wireless ADSL modem. Some PCs are connected directly, others via
> > wireless. The current topology is:
> >
> > ADSL Router-->Home LAN
> >
> > One of my PCs is an Ubuntu server running squid and dansguardian and
> > I'd like to configure the network as follows:
> >
> > ADSL Router-->ubuntu-server-->Gigabit wireless switch-->Home LAN
> >
> > The bit that's missing is the gig wireless switch. Do such things
> > exist? If not how else can I configure the network? I need it to be
> > gigabit because the ubuntu server is running BackupPC and throws
> > around a lot of data.
> >
> > Any insights appreciated!
> >
> > Thanks,
> > Mark.
> >
> >
> Hi,
> If you don't want or need the Ubuntu server to be the firewall/gateway
> between your network and the Internet, the simplest solution would be to
> leave your wireless modem router running as it is and just buy a Gigabit
> switch, then plug your DG834G box and your server (plus any other wired
> machines) into the new switch. The existing wireless part of your
> network will be kept as it is but you'll have a Gigabit backbone for
> your cabled machines. If you want fully functioning local DNS then you
> can do as Rob recommends and set up dhcp3-server on your Ubuntu machine
> together with bind9 with dynamic updates. You'll then have a network
> where all your machines will be identifiable by their hostname by every
> other machine regardless of its operating system.
> As a side note, it may be worth looking to see if there is any newer
> firmware for your DG834G modem/router at
> http://kbserver.netgear.com/products/DG834G.asp. Some DG834* boxes I
> have worked with have had performance issues with older firmware so if
> you aren't running the latest firmware for your model it is worth
> considering updating it.
> Regards,
> Tom
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