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About Darren

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  1. If you just want to network a bunch of devices you own on different networks then Tailscale is by far the simplest way to do this. If you want to interconnect entire networks then yeah, IPSec VPNs is probably the way to go.
  2. Whether there's some behind the scenes action or not, I think it's beneficial for Linus to own up to this either way. A huge part of Linus doing what he does is education, teaching people about things and empowering people to build PCs themselves. To then go out and spread misinformation about a "competing" platform does not benefit his community in any way.
  3. Yep, except we just get the T5s. I wouldn't consider them as part of a build due to cloud storage being so cheap and prevalent, streaming services, high likelihood you'll have good storage on your machine etc but if you have a specific requirement for an external drive then those are a great choice.
  4. My workplace are huge fans of the Samsung Portable SSDs, they appear to come with two cables (A/C) so no matter what they should be good.
  5. I'd say that's likely. Can you also clarify what you mean by can't configure it, can you get a login prompt on an IP address and you just find you can't log in? It's also just as likely they have done nothing with the configuration and it's just configured in a way that's not useful for a home user. I'd follow the password recovery guide here since you'll likely need to deal with that anyway and also get rid of whatever configuration (if any) is left on it, things like turning off the web server isn't uncommon in the business world. https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/support/docs/switches/catalyst-2950-series-switches/12040-pswdrec-2900xl.html If you find that it cannot boot because it has no firmware on it, you'll need to get Solarwinds TFTP server and hold of a current firmware from the switch. Find someone who has a login for cisco.com, do not search the internet randomly for the firmware.
  6. I'm with Falcon, keep it simple, Ubiquiti's Edgerouter gets good numbers. I have a PFSense box and I hate it. sure, they market it as business grade but it doesn't mean it's any good to use, even as a pro-sumer. Sure, it's business grade which means you can fine grain define firewall rules but realistically you'll have LAN to WAN as allowed, WAN to LAN blocked except port forwards. Waste of money. If you're downloading something at almost 200Mbps, it's likely saturating the connection and everything will grind to a halt if it needs to connect to the internet. I would try limit your download speed in Steam to say 15MB/s and see if everything else improves.
  7. What exactly do you mean can't configure it? You'll likely need to bring up serial comms to even figure out what it's doing, a business might have had it wiped, you need to do a TFTP transfer of firmware etc.
  8. Assuming you've already sent that screenshot to your provider unfortunately there won't be much you can do, it does seem like their fault or their upstream providers fault as you have no loss to your router. Hope it gets solved soon!
  9. I believe the Start IP address it is seeking is the public IP address, so you'll need to find whatever that is and put it in. This UI is annoying because that means if your IP changes you will need to update this rule. No one cares about your LAN side IP address, it is not sensitive information, it is useless to everyone.
  10. When you say disconnect completely, I take it that means your PC is unable to connect to WiFi as opposed to simply not detecting an Internet connection? I would ensure your two routers are advertising different SSIDs, are using well spaced out channels and update the firmware from the vendor. It could be a bug in the router that's fixed in a later release. Could try swapping the routers between providers and see if the router on the desired faster connection works better. Otherwise I would invest in a dedicated wireless AP such as a Unifi or some mesh product (Google WiFi or similar).
  11. The pull mechanism will fail first I think, it's the only part I've ever seen broken, aside from that I'd rate it as very durable. You may have some failures for other reasons though, it's a complex and small component.
  12. I think it's likely to be regular ol telephone cable with RJ45 connectors. Rip it open and see what the cable actually is, might just be a single pair of copper.
  13. No advantage to using an SFP, will just be a regular 1Gbps interface. If they were 10G SFP+ ports that would be a different story.
  14. Is this not as simple as connecting all your clients to your sonicwall and having a route (on the sonicwall) for anything corporate e.g. to go to the Cisco, over the VPN etc. and anything else default out through a local internet feed?