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Best way to protect my remote connections.

biggyk

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I have a few devices on my network that I like to be able to remotely connect to while im out. These consists of remote desktop to a couple of my pcs. SSH access, accessing my home assistant UI and maybe be able to access my freenas box.

What would be the best method to securely browse these devices? A reverse proxy or vpn maybe? Im currently behind an edgerouter x. Used to have pfsense but my mobo on that box did not have an auto on after power failure so it got annoying.

Thanks.
 

The Great Gazoo

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You are probably better off searching or asking this on the Ubiquiti forums. But I am curious as well....I'm on the Unifi network structure though as I added cameras and their switches.
 

DougTheSlug

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2nd vote for a VPN. Reduce your attack surface by only having a single entry point (VPN). Once you are VPN'd in, you can treat your PC as if you were on the local network.

VPNs have the additional benefit of typically encrypting your traffic, so if you're on a public wifi like at timmy ho's or starf*cks, the traffic between you and your personal network will all look like gibberish to anyone else on the same public wifi.

Overall, it's a great recommendation for security in general, and I set one up for my wife when she was sent on business trip to toronto to connect her surface and access network shares.
 

biggyk

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Regarding using a vpn speed wise? If I were to host openvpn on my edgerouter, Will I see a speed drop while at home? I only care about using a vpn for "me" to access my network. When im at home, I dont really have a need for one.
 

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Regarding using a vpn speed wise? If I were to host openvpn on my edgerouter, Will I see a speed drop while at home? I only care about using a vpn for "me" to access my network. When im at home, I dont really have a need for one.
My EdgeRouter 8 Pro tops out at roughly 20Mbps on OpenVPN. I'm not sure what the performance is like on the ER-X though since it's a different CPU. I suspect it's lower , so it depends if the speed is enough for you or not.

You're likely better off running the OpenVPN server on your NAS or one of your PCs.
 

biggyk

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My EdgeRouter 8 Pro tops out at roughly 20Mbps on OpenVPN. I'm not sure what the performance is like on the ER-X though since it's a different CPU. I suspect it's lower , so it depends if the speed is enough for you or not.

You're likely better off running the OpenVPN server on your NAS or one of your PCs.
okay so what your saying is that even if im home on my local network, with the vpn running il still see a speed performance drop?
 

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okay so what your saying is that even if im home on my local network, with the vpn running il still see a speed performance drop?
If you are home and somebody is connecting into your network via OpenVPN, probably notice some impact since it'll be consuming CPU cycles on the router. If you are just at home and nobody is using the VPN, then no, I don't think you'll see any impacts.

And it depends where you plan to access this from. Is it from your computer at work? If so, a lot of companies block all VPN protocols. If you just want to access it from your phone, then TeamViewer or Chrome's Remote Desktop are likely better options since they're optimized for WAN/LTE/3G usage.
 
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