I got 99 problems but my WiFi ain't one

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  • I assume it's having a problem connecting to the internet and is therefore deactivating the SSID but I can't find any reference to this being a feature.

    After Virgin screwed up my install I ran my unifi stuff for about a month with no internet connection and all worked fine (apart from no internet obviously).

  • I've just come out of my Virgin contract and the price has nearly doubled so just about to start the process of getting it back down to something sensible (or heading off to Sky). Something you can help with?

  • No clue at all what happened. I did a minor firmware upgrade on both devices and it was fine.... not looking a gift horse in the mouth

  • Just thought I'd post thanks to @yafe for sorting out my daughters new flat with Virgin broadband at a very competitive price :). Top help ๐Ÿ‘

  • Glad I could help.

  • I'm tempted to give PFsense a try mainly just for something to play with. I couldn't say what my needs would be at the minute but as with anything I expect them to grow as I go.

    Certainly looking to play with DNS AD blocking.

    Those that are running their own firewall what kind of specs do you want in the real world? How quick would something like this run out of steam with 1Gb broadband? https://www.amazon.co.uk/Protectli-Firewยญall-Appliance-Gigabit-Celeron-Black/dp/Bยญ07G9NHRGQ?ref_=ast_sto_dp

  • Pretty sure that's more than enough cores and memory for the task. I'm running pfsense on a much lower spec fanless mini pc and the hw utilisation is consistently low.

  • From the research I have done most suggests the same but I am also coming across people saying it's no where near when doing XYZ.

    What bandwidth are you pushing through yours?

  • I need a 4g or 5g box for a three-month short-term rental. What should I get?

  • Do you have your own SIM? And is it just a hotspot box you need?

    If so and you're in London, I have one not currently being used.

  • I used an old mobile plugged into something like this https://smile.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0777L5YN6ยญ

    I then plugged that into the rest of my network but it works OK by itself if you don't have that kind of setup.

    Picked up a data SIM for ยฃ15-ยฃ20 a month on a 30 day rolling contract.

  • Thanks for the kind offer!

    Unfortunately I'm a bit ignorant in these things so not sure exactly what I need. I don't have a sim, but I guess I can get a sim only monthly contract for 3 months?

    For purpose, it needs to support normal household internet usage (browsing, video calling, TV streaming). I guess I can achieve that with a hotspot box?

  • I guess I can achieve that with a hotspot box?

    Massively depends on the available coverage of your chosen network where you are. If you're in a 5G area, you'll likely get decent speeds, if you're in a 4G area, you'll struggle with multiple connections streaming / accessing the web unless you're right under the mast.

  • SIMs for hotspots are a different thing from SIMs for phones. The idea of the acceptable use policy differs. i.e. an "unlimited data" mobile phone SIM expects only 12-20GB for high usage customers, and I saw my traffic rate-limited for the remainder of a month when I passed 50GB on Three. The rate limit capped my bandwidth at a below 3G level... making the internet in the home effectively unusable.

    But hotspot SIMs are more expensive, but won't apply the rate limit any time as soon, but don't come with anywhere near as generous an offer... "unlimited data" hotspots are rare. And you need to manage your usage to get it to be affordable.

    Once you have a SIM... you need a hotspot thing, something to plug a SIM into that turns it into Wi-Fi or ethernet. I use a Netgear thing... but there are lots of useful ones. They all work. Some are battery powered and can last a day, some only work plugged in.

    Hotspot SIMs are usually classed as "Mobile Broadband" offers. Whereas phone SIMs are usually classed as "Data SIMs".

    Data SIMs are good for connected devices... satnav, etc. But they will severely ratelimit if you push an average connected household traffic through it for a few months.

    Mobile Broadband SIMs are more expensive, but should avoid ratelimits.

  • FYI if you struggle with reception most conventional ISPs offer a rolling monthly option. You obviously pay more but could be a better option depending on where you live.

    If you are in a Virgin media area drop me a DM and I work there and can get you in the right direction.

  • I went for a mini PC firewall and PFsense to give me something to play with.

    Got it all set up and playing with my unifi nicely. Didn't have to re start any unifi stuff so happy with that.

    Set up a basic PFblocker.

    What packages are worth playing with from any PFsense users?

  • Excellent. I haven't really explored the packages.

    My favourite thing about pfsense is being able to easily roll back config changes which has saved me a lot of pain since I set it up.

  • Yeah it looks like you can end up in a whole world of pain with the amount of options available.

  • Iโ€™m having issues with my Missus new work MacBook Air connecting to the internet via wifi and Ethernet, it wonโ€™t automatically connect via DHCP, so I have to either do DHCP with a manual address or totally manual. Also when I enter the IP address, DNS details and subnet mask, into network preferences, it doesnโ€™t remember if I attempt to revert back to DHCP even when I renew the DHCP lease.
    It feels like her work IT dept havenโ€™t set it up properly, as Iโ€™ve never had to do this much fiddling with the network preferences for any of the macs Iโ€™ve brought and/or used.

    So any thoughts on whatโ€™s going on, and/or can point me in the direction of any โ€œhowto set up the wifi and Ethernet on your Macโ€ guides, would be appreciated..

  • Are the DHCP requests getting to your DHCP server? Can you packet capture them on the Mac and/or AP and/or DHCP server?

    If they are arriving does the DHCP server reply?

  • Thanks for the reply, but I have no idea what any of that means?
    So in order, where does my DHCP server live?
    How would I capture the packet?
    Iโ€™m assuming the DHCP Server, once I figure out what/where it is, would tell me if they arrive.

    For context if I manually input the details from my Mac Pro which is in the same room and on the same network, give a different up address, itโ€™ll work, connect to the internet both via Ethernet and wifi, but if I try and troubleshoot why, they revert to their blank settings and Iโ€™ve got to manually input the info again.

  • where does my DHCP server live?

    If you don't know then perhaps on your combined router/modem/AP in which case packet dumping may be hard or impossible :(

    You could try installing Wireshark on the Mac and watch what it is sending and receiving which might provide a hint. But if you can't easily debug/swap your DHCP server I'm not sure how you could take it further anyway.

  • Iโ€™ve got an edge router x so can have a look in there to see if it tracks that sort of thing..

  • Hey folks ... what is the forum approved wifi extender/mesh network? We've just rearranged the apartment and the office is now suffering from wifi issues. I've been looking at the TP-Link Deco stuff and had an Orbi setup in the UK, but that seems expensive now. I'm aware of Eero but would rather Jeff didn't have access to my network if at all possible.

    Bonus points if it plugs directly into the socket rather than needing a surface to sit on.

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I got 99 problems but my WiFi ain't one

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