[Zanog-discuss] which home ISP are the smart techs using these days?

Ronald Bartels ronald at amastelek.com
Mon Aug 26 08:13:47 SAST 2019

I use a VPN server called Softether
https://github.com/SoftEtherVPN/SoftEtherVPN The one on git is v5.  Fixes
many Mikrotik compatibility issues.
I would suggest each ISP provisions a vps with Debian and loads SE  This is
cascaded to a central vps where an engineer would auth with a VPN client.
Softether supports its own client, OpenVPN, L2TP/IPSec and SSTP.  The client
can be Mac, Windows, Linux or android.
Practically, an engineer would be able to NAT against any of the vps's
located at an ISP.  They can then use whatever desktop tools they have on
their laptops to troubleshoot the remote and local end.  And if someone
sponsors a vps in London and NY you can troubleshoot international as well.
The only problem I had was hackers filling my logs but that was sorted using
a blacklist script.

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Subject: Re: [Zanog-discuss] which home ISP are the smart techs using these

On 23/Aug/19 10:38, Graham Beneke via zanog-discuss wrote:

> Perhaps a handful of routers colocated in a DC, acting as tunnel
> endpoints and connected to the IXPs would be an sustainable way to get
> something off the ground.

I've often imagined that if I didn't work for an ISP but wanted a decent VPN
into a box with clean IP addresses and good connectivity (compared to my
home FTTH provider), this would be a good idea.

What would something like this look like? Each of us putting something down
on our respective networks that has some decent connectivity to the Internet
(including the exchange points)?

You'd be familiar with the NLNOG RING concept (https://ring.nlnog.net/) from
a "let each of us provide some resources", and perhaps we can make it work
this way here as well.

I'd be keen to invest time/energy/gear/money into this.

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