Network Upgrade (Part 3)

The last part of the network upgrade was to upgrade the Ethernet switch from an unmanaged (dumb) switch to a managed (smart) switch. For Christmas, I picked up a TP-Link TL-SG1024DE. It was okay… sort of. It has a GUI (plus an Windows application) to configure the switch. One strange thing was that it could not encrypt the link – no HTTPS (at least with V3 of the firmware).

TP-Link has a strange way of creating 802.1q VLANs. There was one page used to create the VLANs but another to create the native VLANs for each port – which TP-Link calls PVIDs. The GUI seemed to time out at times when I was doing a bunch of configurations. It worked fine but was not quite what I was looking for in a switch.

What to do? Hmm… Well, I do like the Ubiquiti controller software and the Ubiquiti Switch 24 seemed to fit the bill… 24 GigE ports, 26 Gbps non‐blocking throughput, power to forward simultaneously traffic on all ports at line rate without any packet loss at 52 Gbps. And the link lights are on the ports, not off to the side so I can easily see what is happening on each port. Oh, and two GigE SPF ports (not SPF+ on the 24-port – too bad, 10 Gbps would have been nice). Not that I’m planning on using fibre any time soon. I did not get the PoE version since I only have one AP and only plan on have one (or two at the most) more APs.

The great thing is, again, the UniFi Contoller. I had the VLANs created previously and they were applied when I adopted the switch into the controller. I also cleaned up my network creating a “real” core just for the networking side of things. That way the pfSense router, the AP and the switch are on their own VLAN and subnet separate from the server VLAN and subnet.

In case anyone happens to be wondering you need to manually tell the switch where the UniFi controller is if it is not on the same subnet. This is done by (from

set-inform http://ip_of_UniFi_controller_here:8080/inform

Next item is that second AP. This time I think it will the the in-wall version, the UniFi In-Wall… I seem to have the empty network jack in the kitchen and I don’t have to worry about a power supply with PoE… Hmmm…

About Mike Pelley

Let’s see… A little about me… I’ve been around information technology since 1983 with computers such as DEC Rainbows (weird machine – the standard DOS couldn’t format its own floppy disks – remember them? – and I had to format them on a friend’s IBM PC) to Radio Shack TRS-80 to Apple ][e and Apple //c in the beginning. I have programmed in 8-bit assembly language on 6502, FORTRAN and COBOL on IBM System/370 (and I still hate JCL), VAX BASIC and COBOL (and a weird and massive WordPerfect 4.0 macro) on DEC VMS (Alpha), C/C++ on Digital Unix (ALPHA), and C/C++, Perl (it may be powerful but I still hate it), PHP on Linux (Red Hat, Centos, Ubuntu, etc.). I have work with databases such as Digital RDB (later to become Oracle RDB), Oracle DBMS, Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL and PostgreSQL on VAX, Alpha, Sun and Intel. Check out my professional profile and connect with me on LinkedIn. See I still think that Digital created some of the best ideas in the world: VAX clustering, DSSI disks (forerunner to SCSI) and the Alpha processor (first commercial 64-bit processor – Red Hat screamed on an Alpha!). DEC just could not seem to be able to give air conditioners away to someone lost in the Sahara Desert! VMware is one of the best ways to get the most out of an x64 server. And I have tried Oracle VM, Virtual Box and Microsoft Virtual Server. Outside of that I am a huge military history buff starting in the early 20th century. I love Ford Mustangs (my ’87 Mustang GT was awesome) and if I had the money I would have a Porsche 928S4. If I had a lot of money I would have a Porsche 911 Turbo. I also play too much AmrA 3 Exile mod. Over 5,000+ hours... I have a wonderful son, Cameron. I have a long suffering (Do you really need all that computer junk?) wife, Paula. I live in Paradise, Newfoundland and Labrador.
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