Networking · update docker portainer T1 homelab ubiquiti usg wireguard rack · 2022-01-31 · Daniel

I have been hard at work these last few weeks in my home lab, and have done quite a bit. Here are a few of the things I have done:

  • Installed sshwifty, a really cool, useful package that a friend pointed me to.
  • Built a T1 crossover cable to connect the two routers I have in my home lab that have a T1 CSU/DSU WIC installed.
  • Installed Portainer on my production Docker Swarm
  • Renumbered my home network from to I undertook this effort because I have a NAS hosted at a friend's house, and his network also uses the address space, so that made it difficult for me to get to my NAS -- sure, I could get to it, but every system that needed access to it needed to be on my ZeroTier storage network. Now, I can route directly to it, and return packets are routed to my network instead of to his.
  • Deployed WireGuard extensively, using FRR, OSPF, and Anycast to access systems. Because of CPU utilization issues I discovered after doing this, I might move my WireGuard routing/endpoint to my raspberry pi or to a VM in order to work around those issues.
  • Added more monitoring under Kuma.
  • Deployed a new NAS, a Synology DS220+ to take some load off my DS1618+ and to use it as cold storage.
  • Through the generosity of a friend, I have replaced my three Cisco 2950s with two 2960-Xs and one 3750G.
  • I have finished racking all my devices.
  • I have cabled up my Cisco lab again. I have also connected the lab to my home network via my Ubiquiti USG's LAN2 port, so that I can route to it. I have console access to all of the devices, using a 4-port USB-to-serial adapter and some mini USB cables (for the 2960s) connected to my Raspberry Pi, but I also want network access. The current lab setup, which will hopefully be useful for much learning, is shown here:

lab network

  • I installed a patch panel, which cleaned up the rack a bit. Here are before & after pics. Because my switch and router are not rack-mount devices, it's not as clean as it could be, but I still think this came out very well.



Next up:

  • Configure the newly recabled Cisco lab.
  • Finish migrating data to the DS220+.
  • Clean up the power and ethernet cables behind and below the rack.