Wasn't sure if this or one of the other hardware related forums was appropriate, but I'm looking into replacing my current router with a pfsense box and an 8 port managed switch, and eventually some wifi AP's that can reach the back garden not just the house (I'll reuse router for it's wifi until then). The main driver is so i can route all traffic over VPN except those connections/machines/applications that will grumble if they see a non UK IP address. So basically need a lot more control.
Hardware yet to be determined for any of it, but the primary query for here is :
- any recommendations for 8 port managed switches that can handle VLANs and be managed via a web gui , not by some other machine local application? I've previously seen TP link ones come well recommended but not sure if that's the case still ?
- also any recommendations for quiet low power pfsense boxes (self build not an issue) that would be powerful enough to handle VPN traffic on a standard UK FTTC speed connection with overhead to future proof? Assume the budget is approx £200
- are Ubiquiti WiFi access points likely to be the best option to reach back garden through several walls or are there other ways to ensure coverage is more directed or further reaching ?
thanks in advance