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AWS and OPNsense: Site-to-site IPsec VPN setup

There will always be circumstances where you will want to run a site-to-site VPN setup with AWS. You may have private resources (not Internet facing) within AWS that you need to access in a secure manner from an on-prem or home network. Continue Reading

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Home Firewall: PC Engines APU2 E2 pfSense and OPNsense build, courtesy of LinITX

Enter the PC Engines APU boards. These are system boards designed for this sort of thing, complete with multiple Ethernet ports, decent amounts of RAM (2 gig upwards) and AMD G Series processors. They can boot from an SD card or added m-Sata SSD storage. Continue Reading

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Enabling PPPoE with Plusnet – with a modem from 2011

You would hope that the shiny (Sagecom manufactured) Hub One from plusnet would support my desired bridging mode…. but no. It doesn’t. Could it be achieved with alternative firmware? Yes, but… There’s no way of flashing the firmware on these without getting your soldering iron out, and I didn’t fancy that. Continue Reading