Vodafone Power Station replacement? (with voice as well)

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    Firewalla

    We do have a triple play feature that you can play with.  See this https://help.firewalla.com/hc/en-us/articles/360050756593-Firewalla-Gold-Triple-Play-VLAN

    What this one does it automatically set up the VLAN's for your phone + internet + video.

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    Gianluca Meardi

    Thanks for the prompt reply.

    I think the triple play is not suitable for my configuration: I've no IPTV and the voice requires a non ethernet plug.

    At the moment, while I've ordered an Asus ZenWifi AX couple of mesh routers, I've tried the simple mode: I see the network but I cannot block anything. For instance I tried blocking wifi for one iPad and the PS4, or started the "social hour", but... nothing happened (I've not enabled the HDCP mode, at the moment). I could only see connected devices and see the browsed websites.

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    Firewalla

    When you are in the simple mode in that router, tap on devices->[find the device that's having problem blocking]->tap->tap on network flows, and see if you see graphs on that device.   If you don't see anything, likely the simple mode is not compatible. 

    Anyway, your best implementation will be the Gold in router mode, it should not have issues in your previous topology. 

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    Gianluca Meardi

    It seems I can see all of the devices traffic, but can block only a few of them (for instance I can block my Macbook Pro, but not my kid's PS4). Anyhow... my new WiFi access point (Asus ZenFi XT8 mesh wifi6 router) has arrived and so I can "complete the definitive setup".

    What I've reasoned about is this configuration: please advise me if it's correct...

    STREET --> ONT --> VF STATION (only for voice) --> FW GOLD (real router) --> WIFI MESH (in access point mode)

    My VF Power Station will be configured in STATIC NAT to pass all the web traffic to the Firewalla, that will act as the real router, with DHCP and the like. The VF Station (other than managing "voice" - it has the traditional phone line plugs) is even receiving the fiber cable transport from the ONT... that could not be accepted in the Firewalla (from what I know).

    In this way I hope to still get the maximum potential throughput (1Gbps fiber), as the VF Power Station, with its "limited capabilities", should only remap the coming IP address to the fixed Firewalla Gold one.

    Is it correct? Many thanks in advance for excellent service!

     

     

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    Firewalla

    In theory, your connection should be good.  Unfortunately, here in California, we are stuck with cable modems to get decent internet.  

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    Gianluca Meardi

    Everything "re-wired": and almost everything works.

    My main problems now are within my Synology DS1019+ NAS Server (and same problem with my Macbook with qBittorrent). Although I've forwarded the used TCP/UDP ports, some services requiring external comms are not working anymore (for instance a classical app that uses ports, such as the torrent module does not work). I'm afraid this problem originates from the "double router" in the middle... but I think this could be solved/repaired: any advise on this?

    Many thanks

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    Gianluca Meardi

    This is a more clear schematic of my studio network. Unluckily, at the moment, I cannot remove the VF Power Station, 'cos it is needed to manage the traditional voice phone line (and translates the incoming fiber cable to wired ethernet).

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