Category: Networking

Tutorial: Using VMWare ESXi and PFsense as a network firewall/router 7

Tutorial: Using VMWare ESXi and PFsense as a network firewall/router

In most networks, you will have dedicated hardware to function as your “edge” (firewall/router). This is typically for the best, but there are always cases where you can’t put out that dedicated hardware. Sometimes it’s for cost reasons and sometimes it’s for complexity. In my particular case, I was installing an ESXi server in a datacenter and only had 2 amps of power to work with, of which my server...

Project “Falcon” – The DIY Router (server?) Experiment 1

Project “Falcon” – The DIY Router (server?) Experiment

As previously mentioned, I work in a “Cloud company” which typically means we claim we’re a “serverless” office. However sometimes I need a server-like machine to make a point. For this particular project we needed a machine that was, for all intents and purposes, a server… except I wanted to build it myself. It wasn’t so much to save money, but so I could customize the machine to get exactly...

Happy Wi-Fi Day! 0

Happy Wi-Fi Day!

Today is August 2nd, 2011 or 8/02/11. Written another way… 802.11 which you might recognize as the wireless standard, e.g. 802.11a/b/g/n. As someone who uses wireless at home, work, and while traveling, I am happy to offer a day of celebration to the wireless standard which has been so helpful to me, both personally and professionally. Go forth and rejoice in our sea of non-ionizing radiation!

Weekend Server Overhaul 0

Weekend Server Overhaul

In early 2010 I signed up and migrated to for my server needs. At that point in time, the latest version of Ubuntu that was offered was 9.10; the only useful colo location was Dallas; and IPv6 was unheard of (well, not exactly unheard of, but having a server with IPv6 was). We’ve had several new versions of Ubuntu since then, a plethora of new Colos have opened up,...

Goodbye AT&T, Hello 0

Goodbye AT&T, Hello

The alternate title for this post is “Internet usage caps can kiss my ass” because that’s what prompted this post, but first a little backstory. Many people have had issues with big teleco (and specifically AT&T) provided internet and would assume that I loathe them for the same reasons, but I do not. I’ve had AT&T DSL since I got my first place in Nevada in 2003. I’ve moved a...