So I got myself one of these HP 8200 SFF elite PCs and thought - build a router!
It is way overkill but, for a reason. What I want to do is have a router that can manage multiple VPN connections without losing too much throughput and it has to be able to manage the workload. I have an Asus RT-n66u with Merlin software - this little beast is quite capable, but unfortunately can not manage the workload. Eric (Merlin) and other have advised me to buy a newer more powerful router, but I think it might end up running out of steam too. So... go for overkill!! I reckon, the i5 processor with 8GB RAM and 500GB HDD will manage quite well.
My main goal apart from normal routing/security/etc will be:
(a) Run multiple VPN connections (to do away with VPN on all devices)
(b) Force certain connections (websites) through specific VPN connections from any device (to do away with switching VPNs)
I have Vodafone fibrex (200 dl and 20 ul).
I have been tinkering away on pfsense but can not get an internet connection. I spoke with customer care at Vodafone and they pointed me to their Network settings for your broadband modem (link removed coz I am new). Here are the settings:
Enable connection: Check
VDSL Name: Internet_VDSL
FibreX Name: Internet_Ethernet
Service type: INTERNET, TR069, VOICE
Connection Type: IP routing (IP)
VLAN ID: 10
IP protocol version: IPv4 + IPv6
IPv4 address type: DHCP
Static DNS: Uncheck
IPv6 addressing type: DHCP
And this is where I realised how far out of my depth I am. It's greek ... latinish greek! I can not find all the settings in pfsense to set the connection up. And all attempts I made was in vain.
I need to set up my DIY router for Vodafone fibrex
1. Which is the preferred routing software pfsense/OPNsense/Sophos (I have downloaded all three and is currently trying pfsense 2.4.3)
2. Is there an idiot's guide for me to get the connection running (WAN and LAN shows it is up-linked, but no IP for WAN)
3. How do I set it up to have my network running on 192.168.2.x
Hopefully we can have a sensible conversation which can help others too. I did use search, but could not find my solution. If this thread is a duplication - apologies. Please move it to the right thread.