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Our contest "Show us your Firewalla" ending 11:58 PM December 2nd (US Pacific Time) is now closed.
We love this contest! We are going to make this a monthly event! We will pick (one) winner per month for a random gift (a firewalla product). The next one will be in January 2022! So update yours or add new ones!
Winners December 2nd 2021 (Pacific Time)
- (tied as a fourth place) https://help.firewalla.com/hc/en-us/community/posts/4410590732179/comments/4410840331795
As we gear up for the release of Purple, we want to see Firewalla's in the wild. So we are running a photo contest, to demonstrate small network is fun, exciting, and NOT boring!
Here's how it works.
- Post photos here, in this thread, of your network set up including at least one Firewalla. No need to be pretty, sometimes functionality will win!
- Include what mode you are running (Router, DHCP, Simple, or Bridge).
- Optionally, add a network diagram showing your network topology.
- Optionally, if you are doing anything cool, let us know too.
If you are just browsing, please find the best (you define what's best, and can vote more than one) and then vote it up by clicking on the up arrow next to the image. (down arrow also work to downvote)
If you are voting make sure you scroll to the next page, there are lots more awesome designs.
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Based on the number of votes received from the community:
The first prize will win a Firewalla Gold.
The second prize will win a Firewalla Purple.
The third prize will win a Firewalla Blue Plus.
The fourth prize will win a Firewalla Red.
The contest will run from now until December 2, 2021 11:59PM Pacific Time.
Important: Please do not post any sensitive information. Any submissions require that you agree to allow us to use your photos in any future marketing materials.
Please only post your network here.
Firewalla Gold in Router Mode
Spectrum -> Firewalla -> Ubiquiti Dream Machine Pro -> 24 port switch for all hardwire devices -> Ubiquiti Long Range WiFi 6 AP, and 5 port PoE switch for cameras
Primary network, WiFi, VPN, and IoT devices are managed by Firewalla Gold using multiple VLANs and network segmentation. Love the capabilities of the FWG and being able to manage all devices, configure local network settings with ease, and feeling safe and secure while my wife and I are working from home daily. The insights and ability to control devices through the FWG cannot be compared to any other device that I've found.
Complete Apple HomeKit user. All items such as indoor cameras, door locks, thermostat, outlets, bulbs, light bars, light switches, other home hubs all work flawlessly. Took a little configuration on the FWG and network policies, but finally got to a robust, stable environment and can't complain at all with performance and throughput.
Local NAS storage for NVR, Movies, Local File Shares, Computer Backups, etc. Philips Hue and Ikea Tradfri hubs as well.
Mac Mini running Plex Server, PiHole Server, and Zabbix for monitoring all network devices
Intel NUC Hades Canyon i7HVK running Windows Server OS for a local domain controller, etc.
UPS backup for all devices and 5.1 surround sound in home office through optical audio
Loved adding the FWG to my home setup. I will never look back and foresee a Firewalla product being in my network stack for a long time coming.
Firewalla Gold... in Router Mode... direct connection are:
MBP M1 Max via OWC TB3 Dock
Amplifi Alien for wifi
10GbE Switch for all wired devices
All device with Ethernet are wired. Wireless only for IoT devices and handhelds.
Love the Firewalla Gold and I just want to have the time, and knowledge, to sit down and "utilize" it more.
Hi, I currently run a Gateway Router with a FW Blue (70Mbps/18Mbps). A FW Gold in Router mode then handles my Home network: all wired devices in the home, and wifi is provided by Unifi APs controlled by a Unifi controller (not pictured). Approx: 90 devices managed by FW Gold. iSP through to WIFI connectivity UPS protected.
Use of Gateway Router was due to early adoption and ISP protocol issues. Luckily I don’t have any Double Nat issues and no bandwidth reduction from the FW Blue, but I would like to replace it with a FW Purple at some point or remove the Gateway. The Fingboxes offer some functionality that FW don’t provide currently, but hope they will soon 👍
Basic network connectivity: physical install, right to left.
Here's my home network.... I built a custom shelving cabinet in our garage to house it and put plexiglass around it to protect it from dust and meddling from our kids...
The bottom shelf is a battery uninterrupted power supply and all of the network devices are running off of it. We have a lot of high wind storms here in Washington and the power blinks on/off for a fraction of a second several times whenever there is a storm....but our network just continues to run without a burp or reboot.
The network itself is pretty simple.... Netgear Nighthawk Modem connects directly to the Firewalla Gold running in full router mode and then everything else hangs off of and is managed by the Gold. Any stationary device has a wired connection via the dumb switches (top shelf)....desktop computers, TV boxes, printer, etc. Next to the Firewalla is a Hubitat home hub for Z-Wave home automation (light switches, etc.) and then next to the Hubitat is an Orbi Mesh Wifi. There is an Orbi mesh satellite on the opposite end of the house with a wired backhaul connection back to the main Orbi access point. The Orbi is running in AP mode, not router mode.
I haven't segmented out the network yet, but that is why I bought the Gold. Currently we don't have any bottlenecks or bandwidth issues that require prioritization rules or subnetting.... I am using Groups in order to use Rules such that I can limit the time the boys spend gaming and can shutdown all of their devices at bedtime. As we add more IoT devices, I'll probably create a separate "home automation" net.
We also make extensive use of the Gold as a firewall....it is amazing the volume of nonsense and/or dangerous traffic that the Gold stops dead before it comes close to our personal devices. This increases the speed of the devices tremendously....and we don't have to run separate firewall software on each compute device....we trust Firewalla Gold to be the firewall and run free and secure on our side of the wall.
Charter --> purple --> Netgear GS105Ev2 (managed) --> local and IoT vlans
Netgear Orbi on the local vlan in access point mode
Not seen is an old wifi router in access point mode on the IoT vlan for Ecobee, Aquanta, LIFX
For the IoT network, using Smart Queue Rules to limit upload and download bandwidth and Rules to limit access to the main network. mDNS reflector is working well to pass homekit traffic between the networks.
On the main network, Smart Queue is used to prioritize work from home devices and video conf apps.
Hello from Sunny Scotland!!
Here is my small home server\network set up running Firewalla Gold.
It consists of 1 Cable modem\router set in modem only mode (ISP is virginmedia 360Mbps down 36Mbps up), connected to Firewalla in router mode, I then have a Netgear GS724TV4 switch which links to another switch (GS728TPv2) this has not long been added and it is mainly to add some POE devices like access points and camera's, currently only running the 1 access point.
I have various devices connected wired and wirelessly, the 2 HP Gen8 micro servers are running HyperV with some VM's, the VM's include 2 Windows server 2016 domain controllers, 1 Windows server 2016 server set up as a file server which is then replicated to the second micro server, this is mainly to deliver roaming profiles and folder redirection to any windows PC's in my home, a cyberpower UPS attached to all this and a small Minix NGC1 PC which is attached to the UPS and switches, this small PC also helps deliver some home automation capabilities as well as monitoring the UPS, on the Gen 8 Micro server there is also a linux server VM which delivers a docker environment for some containerization as well as running hassio (Home Assistant) I am also running smartthings & hubitat hubs for some more smart home automation along wifi multiple ZigBee and Wi-Fi devices, I also have a windows 10 VM on each Micro servers, there is also a QNAP NAS used for back up and file storage, there is also x2 raspbery pi zero's, one wired directly which I am using for Pi-Hole and a wake on lan server which helps wakes up certain devices when it powers up should there be a power outage, I then have a Unifi U6-LR which is currently delivering Wi-Fi around my end of terraced 3 bedroom house here in Scotland.
I have my network split up into different segments, currently I have a my core network which I class as VLAN1, I then have VLAN 50 for IOT devices and and VLAN100 for guest Wi-Fi, I am always looking to add and build to my set up, I plan to add CCTV under another VLAN as well as some ventilation and fans into that small cupboard as I have a temperature sensor inside my home made rack and behind my microserver which I plan to use too cool the cupboard when certain temperatures are met.
I have automated the full shutdown process in the event of a power outage, I have a device which connects to mains power that has a battery back up which links up to my smart home system and if it has to change to battery it will start various countdowns for shutting down the attached devices (Including Firewalla Gold), there is probably a lot more stuff that I have forgotten to add in here but hopefully you get the general idea of my set up, I am into automation as a hobbyist and always looking to improve my set up and build on it, hope you all like it :)
P.S. sorry for such the long post I got a little carried away and kept forgetting to add things in so the post just grew the more looked at the picture to help me detail the set up, as above there is probably items I have forgotten to mention too!
Here is my submission. I am using FWG in router mode in dual WAN configuration. My primary ISP is Airtel (1Gbps symmetrical) and the secondary failover is One Broadband (100Mbps symmetrical).
I have 2 TPLink EAP245's, which are VLAN aware and serve almost the entire house. One corner in my home office, has poor wifi coverage, so I have a TPLink Archer C6 in AP mode, connected to one of the ports on the switch and serving a single VLAN.
Here is my complete network layout.
Here's my network setup, it really is a mess but everything is working fine. I just need to make it look nice but honestly, it is in the workshop next to the electrical panel, no one goes there.
- Fizz ISP Router in modem-mode, hanging from the ceiling, attached with Ty-wraps
- D-Link DSR-250 gigabit router
- Firewalla Blue Plus
- Samsung SmartThing first generation
- Philips Hue
- Lutron Caseta Wireless
- 3 other wired routers to expand the network to our offices and the living room where we have game consoles.
my current setup is as followed ISP SPECTRUM 120MBITS (#sad) HA! but the best that iv got in my area that works more often then not
for my 1250sqft home a tp link 16-port unmanaged giga-switch
an a tp-link ac4000 wifi router in ap mode (best in a long time iv had for wifi but not great)
for my 10 devices 6 wired an 4 wifi
FWG is configured as
IP ALLOCATIONS for the wireless are set to ( reserved )
IP ALLOCATIONS for the wired are set to ( reserved )
( active protact mode ) in strict mode
( adblock ) in default mode
DNS BOOSTER - ON for all devices etc printer
DOH - on all devices / servers all but google
SMART QUEUE - ENABLED /applied for shield/pc/roku
custom blocks are enabled for facebook,an some others
upgrade plans are
1 x Switch 8 (60W) - US-8-60W 8 Switch (60W) for poe use 4 of my 6 wired devices
2 would be poe (flex mini an ap )
1 x Switch Flex Mini - USW-Flex-Mini - an the 2 remaining wired devices (voip phone & network printer)
1 x Access Point AC Lite - UAP-AC-LITE-US for my 4 wifi devices (two tablets 10in,8in,smart phone, roku express 4k )
ap would go in the center of the hallway on the ceiling
vs the current tp-link router in ap mode an also upgrading from my unmanaged 16 port giga-switch by tp link
i think this would pair an work better with my FWG an reduce clutter an two extra power cords, ie
(flex mini an ap )
ill post new pix when done
Say hello to my beautiful network. I put great care to put everything just the way i like it.
It's your normal modem router firewalla blue+ another router with dedicated vpn for korean netflix because ex girlfriend and another router thing that sucked so hard its not plugged in. It get to look at real network equipment as punishment. In the mix is also a bucket of holiday pictures that no one will ever look at even though it is ever so easily accesible on the RAID network drive.
The firewalla is running in "simple" mode but we prefer to call it sophisticated around here. I use firewalla so i can reach my network from anywhere and use different VPNs for different devices and i like to have a hardware firewall between me and the rest of the interwebs.
Firewalla Blue running in Simple Mode
The custom housing also will hosts 2 raspberry-pi servers and I windows board PC
I need constantly running unix/windows headless servers with low power consumption as possible.
Also there is a super capacitor installed that acts as UPS (10-13 mins power) for the boards and Firewalla.
My current core network setup:
I'm thinking of switching to DCHP (because there is no option for bridge mode unfortunately)
Nothing fancy here but functional! Safe browsing, and parental controls. High tech teen son has had limited success bypassing but has 'encouraged' me to learn more features to implement!
- Exposed in Basement
- Fiber to the house
- Rack mount (Air Conditioner Housing that I will need again come summer)
- Asus 3100 Router using Open DNS Family
- Ooma Phone System
- Locked home office, out of sight behind wood file cabinet
- Firewall Blue Plus in Simple Mode
- 15 currently active devices with 2 in quarantine
- 34 rules
We have 500 Mbps coming to the router but have had trouble getting past 300 Mbps to the office and gaming PC via ethernet Cat 6 cable hence the temp rack. We have had 500 Mbps in the past via ethernet and have been trying various routers ( Asus RT-AC68U, LinkSys EA6350, EA6500 and EA6900).
Speeds are the same with and without Firewalla.
Welcome suggestions on testing cables for max speed....
A bit messy and dusty. I have not looked down there in a while, so thanks for that. haha. time to break out the carpet shampooer and hand vac again... I did not clean this up for the photo, as I wanted it to represent how it looks on a daily basis. The whole thing sits on a small bench I found on Amazon, which allows my feet to be unobstructed. The back side of the bench hosts as 24 outlet power strip. I do have plans to make this all more presentable, when I replace my office desk with a more modern computer desk, as I am using a writing desk for now.
Cable Modem -> EdgeRouter ER-X
- Firewalla Blue
- AmpliFi Instant Wifi Mesh in bridging mode
- TP-Link 16 port Managed Switch
TP-Link 16 Port Managed Switch
- Hue Bridge
- Hubitat Elevation C3 - Smart Home integrations hub
- Hubitat Elevation C7 - Z-Wave, Zigbee, rules engine hub
- Blink for Home bridge
- Bond Hub - Controls Ceiling Fans
- Kevo Plus hub
- Synology NAS with Seagate USB backup drive (dual gigabit, bonded link)
When the Firewall purple arrives, it will lie between my ER-X and my home network. I am on the fence about putting my smart home devices on a separate VLAN due to the changes necessary, but that is an option now, and under the new Firewalla purple when it arrives I will consider more.
Firewalla Gold (Router Mode)
Comcast to Firewalla Gold (for data access) and Comcast to MoCA Bridge to Gold (for cable boxes data access).
CAT6 hardwired home
10GB switch (for data access and computers)
1GB switch (for Home Automation devices, Echo's, etc)
(2) Aruba AP515's (for IOT and mobile devices)
HomeAssistant for automation (Ring, GoVee, Hue & Smart Appliances)
QNap h1688x (for data storage)
Full UHD capable audio video setup (7.4.2 in-wall/floor speakers)
Here is my setup. 55" 8K monitor, Netgear GB Smart Switch, Dual WAN - Cable (Primary) and DSL (Backup) both plugged into Firewall Gold which is then plugged into my PC and then to my Netgear Wifi 6 router. Various other gear lying around. Love my Firewalla although it would be nice to be able to add 3 WAN ports instead of just two so I couldcombine two of them into a Load Balance and use the third as my backup. Anyways, hope you like it.
I'm running the Firewalla Blue+ at the moment in DHCP mode.
I have a standalone Motorola cable modem connected to an ASUS XT8 that goes into my Netgear switch. The Firewalla and 14 ethernet drops all go into the switch. The ethernet ports go to each room where I have Apple TVs, computers, a Synology backup drive, etc. The main XT8 has two additional nodes, with one running over the 5GHz-2 Wifi 6 backhaul, and the second node has an ethernet backhaul.
The Raspberry Pi in the picture runs HOOBS so I can use my smart devices within the HomeKit ecosystem. I'm considering setting that up with Docker on the Firewalla.
FW Gold in Router mode
Yes, it's messy! I live in an apartment and can't be bothered making it pretty...
So in keeping with the actual messiness, here is a messy NW diagram. I have a failover only because my apartment complex charges me for a pretty dismal 200/5Mbps Xfiniti connection which they won't let me out of. So on top of being charged $107/mth for THAT mess, I also pay for CenturyLink 1/1Gbps as my primary. The apartment came with ethernet pre-wired, but no switch, so I had to add a tiny little switch in my distribution box as well. The pre-wiring is not as extensive or as well thought out as I'd have liked, hence the need for Powerline Adapters, which work great even when streaming in 4K to the Raspberry Pi!
When I grow up, I'll have my own place where I can wire whatever I want - the Firewalla Gold will definitely remain central to my network, unless I have to upgrade because I do something silly like 2.5 or 10Gbps networking...
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