It's been a while since i have had some time to update this. In that time I moved back to Richardson, joined the contact center TAC team, learned how to snowboard and hit the slopes in Park City, Utah, started playing with some more new tech, and started studying for my next level of certifications.
One of those cool new tech pieces I have gotten to play with is the Meraki Z1 Teleworker Gateway. I got one of these after a while because I got tired of my old Linksys E1200 and the constant reboots it required. That on top of the security vulnerabilities that popped up on the internet in February definitely sealed the deal.
The greatest feature about the Z1 is that the router is not your regular home router with a wizard to set you your wifi connection and you're done. It is a beefy router that gives you options to segregate traffic on multiple VLANs, use ACLs to filter traffic per device or group, and even the ability to VPN into your network if you're not at home. The kicker here is you don't need any special configuration skills or syntax since everything is based on a could based GUI so I can manage my home network from anywhere as long as I have internet.
Another pretty cool feature about this router is the traffic management and usage reports.You can see graphs of bandwidth usage from each device and the types of traffic. I can even see which clients have accessed my network and and which network they were on. The statistics I can generate and look also vary from website specific traffic to categorized application traffic such as 15.2% Netflix and 8.1% Dropbox. And if you configure it, you can have an email sent to you every week with usage, trends, etc to monitor your network. Any questions still, and you can go ahead and take a packet capture to manually sift through lines and lines of data for what you're looking for.
I plan on posting some more including some older post ideas about planning a proper ski/snowboarding trip and about my new home office setup with equipment and recommendations and what I wish I had done differently later.