PREVIOUS

If you haven't read part I, you can read it here!

PREPARATION

Now that all of my equipment has arrived, I can start the installation process... but before I continue, I should ensure that devices in my network are prepared for the upgrade, most critically my modem and my VoIP box.

First and most critically is my Shaw-supplied modem/router, a Hitron CGNM-2250, which was never entirely properly setup to work in conjunction with a third party router (an Asus RT-N66U). The correct way to approach the situation would be to either set the Hitron to bridge mode, or enable IP passthrough on the port that will link to the third-party router. In my old setup, the Hitron router was still configured as a regular router, with DMZ enabled for the IP of my RT-N66U, a workaround to prevent double NAT situations.

Shaw Communications (my ISP) was not willing to enable bridge mode for the Hitron modem, and charged for a secondary IP (needed for IP passthrough) unless I was at a higher internet plan — which they did not offer in my area until recently. Now that I am on their highest-tier internet plan, they are willing to supply a free secondary IP, and I can use their IP passthrough function.

It took about 60 seconds on their support chat for them to remotely reboot my router (soon to be used as simply a modem), with port #4 set as the passthrough port.

Now moving on to my VoIP box from Comwave, which had a static IP set within the box during installation. This wouldn't be a problem to update for the new network (I do not like the default 192.168.0.x subnet range), except during the installation the technician thought it would be a good idea to lock me, the client, out of logging into the box to alter settings. After fiddling around for a bit, I was able to reset the box without Comwave's knowledge, and put it into DHCP mode until I install the new system and assign an IP through the UniFi controller directly.

A few other small pieces related to the network includes an unmanaged gigabit switch behind my home theatre system that is connected to my Asus router, gaming systems, and NVIDIA Shield. Since it is an unmanaged switch, I do not need to alter any network settings at all, and all I will need to do is replace the current Cat5e ethernet cables with the recently purchased Cat7 cables. Nice and easy, moving on...

I have a local FreeNAS server, mainly used as a file server, that has a link aggregation interface setup with a static IP. Luckily, critical FreeNAS settings (including networking options) are configurable through a keyboard directly connected to the machine, but this presents a new problem: The server is pretty old, and only has a VGA connection on its motherboard. Who in this modern age still has a VGA monitor? Not me. An annoying hassle, but I was able to remove my NVIDIA graphics card from my desktop PC and install it into the server, lug the server across my home and connect it to a monitor via DVI and alter the settings.

COMPARISON

Network Old New
Gateway 192.168.1.1/24 192.168.99.1/24
Static Range N/A 192.168.99.1 ~ 192.168.99.99
DHCP Range N/A 192.168.99.100 ~ 192.168.99.254
SSIDs Jagan
Jagan 5GHz
Solar System

Equipment Old IP New IP
Modem 192.168.0.1 IP Passthrough
Router 192.168.1.1 192.168.99.1
Switch N/A 192.168.99.2
Controller N/A 192.168.99.3
Access Point N/A 192.168.99.4
VoIP 192.168.0.2 192.168.99.5

Why call the new SSID "Solar System"? The naming structure will resemble our galaxy, as will be shown later.

CONTINUING

Now that I have established the structure of my new network and prepared my older equipment for a smooth transition, I can start the installation of the new equipment.

Restructuring My Network: Part I

INCEPTION

It has been almost six years since I have updated anything in my network. It was early 2012 when

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