This is the first time I’ve ever posted anything on this blog, and I must say, it feels… odd. I’ve had this domain for a few years now, but strangely, something today spurred me to be “productive” in an oddly… useless kind of way. I set up WordPress, and did a slew of other stuff – which I’ll detail here!
Here is a quick sample of what I’ve got at the house:
- A fiber internet connection (300 down, 300 up).
- Various PC’s – I personally have (2) very strong ones, and my roommate has (1) strong one and my old… also strong one.
- Specifically, I have:
- 8700k + GTX 1080 rig…
- 7820x rig (stream PC + VM work)
- 6700k (older rig my roommate uses as his stream PC).
- His main rig is also a 8700k + 1080…
- We have a LOT of devices – random devices (Apple TV, Chromecast, 2x XBox 360, a Nintendo Wii U, security system panel, cell phones, tablets)…
- Upwards of 20+ devices are usually connected, even passively, through Wi-Fi.
- Additionally, we have upwards of 30+ SSID’s visible 24/7 in our highly congested suburban neighborhood.
- To resolve this, we stopped using the ISP’s built-in Wi-Fi (The router is great!) and purchased a Ubiquiti UAP-AC-LR.
- It’s connected in the living room to an (8) port gigabit switch, that’s connected back to the main office room via EoP (Ethernet over Power).
- This AP does not have it’s own standalone interface – it requires a controller.
Here is where my project began:
I began my day cleaning up a few of the excess items around the house, and I found a box for the access point. I remembered – we have a guest network, but I can’t remember the password!
So, I boot up the VM for this controller and it begins doing Windows Updates. Not a big deal – except it took nearly 45 minutes.
I decided this had to change – every time I use this VM, it’s something (such as Windows Updates, or a Java update breaks the UniFi controller, etc).
So, being that I have an MSDN subscription which gives me $150/mo for Azure, I decided to forego this VM. I logged into the controller application, did a backup, and powered down the VM.
- There are a few useful links I followed, but mainly, I used this one: https://help.ubnt.com/hc/en-us/articles/209376117-UniFi-Install-a-UniFi-Cloud-Controller-on-Amazon-Web-Services
- While it’s applicable to AWS EC2, the same steps worked on Azure for me to setup my Virtual Networks, Security Groups for Firewall rules, etc.
- Since I also get SSL certificates via work, I acquired an SSL certificate (via DigiCert, just a normal cert) for my UniFi IP address.
- This was a pain – but I got it working!
I also got this domain setup & sitting behind CloudFlare…
Ahhh, fun times. No idea what’s next… I’d like to get some OAuth2 pre-authentication enabled, but something else is next… just gotta figure out what!