Recently, I was fortunate to move into a new home that was pre-wired with Cat5 Ethernet. One of the first things I did was open my home's structured wiring closet; however, it looked like the previous owner did not take advantage of the wired network as there was no switch. I took this as a welcomed opportunity to take on a small networking project with the following goals:
- Provide Gigabit connectivity throughout the house,
- Segment the various devices into separate logical networks via VLANs, and
- Attempt to roll my own Gigabit router using pfSense. (I recently heard about pfSense on Security Now, episode #530.)
- Learn a bit VLANs and pfSense.