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  2. My TP-Link Gateway / Router (ER605v2) showed up today and was fairly easy to hook up and configure. Compared to the switch it's a tiny unit. I'm not feeling all that hot today, I'm worn out and didn't sleep too well last night. I figured I'd get the gateway/router hooked up and running so the network here continues. Amazing how much device traffic I have here and how well this system is handling all this. The little box on top of the larger switch is my gateway/router for the internal network.
  3. After doing some research on Starlink it is a rather secure Internet provider. I found out since they use CGNAT for addressing the internet it's nearly impossible to even address any device inside my network. Kind of a bummer for me I want to port forward several things off my home server so I could access from anywhere in the world. Nope CGNAT prevents this from happening. I've had several freak out about my use of Tiktok and how anyone can steal info from my phone. This is not possible while I'm at home since no device can be addressed from the outside world. How do I know this? Funny during my server set up I wanted to remote download all the website data and point it back to my home server. There is no response from my home server even calling out to my public IP address and even having port forwarding point that call to my server. Nope. No response. Now within my home network I can call my server and access the data I need. Yup I can access both machines from my phone at home but can't from the field.
  4. Well, I'm sure a lot of you are curious about what I've been up to in the background. What I've been doing lately to prepare for the server swap is creating my own network at home. This is not your typical network setup. I've got 2 indoor WiFi heads one for the main house and one for the shop. Then I've got an outdoor WiFi head as well. This is all tied back to my 28 port PoE (Power On Ethernet) managed switch. Here we go... Starlink is my provider for the Internet. So far I'm extremely pleased with my service and price per month. Starlink is my source of internet and I had to order the optional ethernet port so I could run a wired network as well. No problem it was easy to hook up and fairly cheap to purchase. Now coming off the Starlink to my TP-Link 28 Port Managed Network Switch. I've got 250 watts of power for any PoE-enabled device. PoE stands for Power On Ethernet so the network switch provides the power for like my cameras and WiFi heads. This makes the setup very very easy being I just have to run cable from the switch to the device. Why all this? Simple it gives me a way of managing internet usage and allows me to firewall my whole network from the outside. Well not quite yet. I'm missing a Gateway that I ordered tonight which allows firewalling, port forwarding, and other firewall tasks. I've got security cameras watching over the property and the customer's vehicles here in the yard. Then I'm providing WiFi and cell service (Verizon). Now this is where some security comes in. I've got so far 2 WiFi channels you could use. Currently, Mopar1973Man is my full-access WiFi currently no restrictions. Now then there is Mopar1973Man Guest I got the bandwidth restricted to 5 Mbits down and 2 Mbits Up. Now I'm downloading large amounts of data from Mopar1973Man.Com I can now do it securely and not worry much. I've taken @MoparMom computer formatted the hard drive and created my own home server that does the dirty work that I don't want on my machine. Like today I did another full server backup and was able to store it in my home server. My cameras are set up over an SSH connection (Secure SHell) and as soon as any motion is detected the camera creates a video file on my home server and writes the video clip to the hard drive. Now going even further. Another reason for all this is protection from EMP pulse. You have to remember all data is stored on magnetic hard drives or SSD (Solid State Disk). As a matter of fact, I use both. So even the current backups are not secure being one EMP pulse could wipe it out. Now I'm building up a way to take these massive backup files and convert them into chunks that I can burn to DVD DL (DVD Dual Layer) which is 8.6 GB per disk. Then if I get this all written to an optical disk then it won't matter about EMP. Even if my computers are destroyed I've still got everything I need to restart even a new computer and be up and running quickly. Hard to believe after 23 years of being here on the internet I've got close to 65 GB of data on this server. That is my other issue. My current server I'm on has run out of time. CentOS7 is considered obsolete. I've been busy test-driving software I can get ahold of and ensuring I'm not getting caught in a corner with software issues, The website will be leaving CentOS7 Linux and switching to AlmaLinux. I've downloaded AlmaLinux and it's also a Redhat Linux Family and seems to be a better operating system. What I did was install VirtualBox and installed AlmaLinux as a virtual machine. The only thing I've not really studied hard is the Interworx control panel for the server. It seems like a better environment over cPanel without the expensive license I pay monthly on cPanel. Anyone out there that wants to try Linux I'm more than willing to teach you and help you install the Linux to a PC and get you set up. Just keep in mind Linux world does not have viri issues or malware being all Linux software is open source meaning you can download the source code and review the code for weakness if you wish. The beautiful trick is Android and Linux are both in the same family of Linux. You can bind your cellphone to a PC and that way you can use cellphone functions without picking up your phone. Being all the servers I work with are all Linux there isn't any need for expensive conversion software like Windows uses to work with Linux networks. Always remember Linux software is FREE, no cost, no price.

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