I finally buy a manageable switch with VLAN support, a GS108e from Netgear (8 x gigabit ports).
So, I put back online an "old" 4G router from ASUS (model 4G-N12) and replace the Airport Extreme with my Netgear R7500, wifi AC router. The Airport Extreme doesn't provide the same speed or range as the R7500. Unfortunately, the R7500 is also not a very good router. The wifi AC range is not very good and it doesn't support VLANs (as initially stated by Netgear). It was not a good buy...
Regarding, the Asus 4G router, it just get a firmware update, allowing Wan to 4G failover configuration.

I decide to use this cool feature and now, my goals are :

  • to separate my LAN devices from my IoTs devices (Netatmo weather station and heating thermostat, Fibaro HomeCenter2, home automation controller, 2 IP Cameras, and an energy meter)
  • to enable a backup connection to my Home Automation system when my cable connection get down, through 4G connection

I also run some speed tests to show the impact of various Sophos XG features on internet speed, mainly the IPS and the web filtering. There's a lot of questions regarding this topic on Sophos or Reddit forums, so, here are my results...

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I take some time to create a simple network diagram describing my current home network, build around the free home edition Sophos XG Firewall (runing on a Zotac mini-PC).

  • My home cable modem is the box provided by SFR (french cable provider). All routing functions are disabled, the box is configured in bridge mode. Wifi is also disabled.
  • The box is directly connected to a Zotac mini-PC (ZOTAC ZBOX NANO CI327 with 4 GB RAM and an old spare SSD drive) with 2 gigabit NICs. This mini-PC runs the Sophos XG Firewall and get a public IP address on its WAN port.
  • the second NIC of the Sophos XG Firewall is connected to an 8 ports gigabit switch (not a manageable one currently). It's the LAN port.
  • My (old) Apple Airport Extreme configured as a Wifi Access Point, is connected to the gigabit switch.

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Just finished the migration of this blog from Statamic to Grav

No special issue with Statamic which is a very good flat-file CMS. But I didn't want to pay $169 to upgrade to v2. The initial cost of Statamic v1 was $29 for a personal license, which was fine for my needs. Unfortunately, this type of license isn't anymore available.

So, I was looking for a new flat-file CMS (flat-file Blog, I should say). I finaly found Grav and it was surprisingly easy to migrate from Statamic (thanks to the flat-files only system).

I follow these steps :

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After many problems with the Fibaro Home Center 2 in my previous house, I replaced it by Indigo Domotics https://www.indigodomo.com/ This soft allowed me to fix all dead nodes issues that pushed me away from the Fibaro HC2. Unfortunately, Indigo Domotics does not have a user interface as neat as t...

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This week, my plumber installed my new Netatmo thermostat. For now, I am very satisfied. The application (web and mobile) is very complete and perfectly matches my expectations.

The selection criteria for this product were :

  • Wireless connection between the boiler control module (relay) and the...

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