Homelab of someone who rents | My setup

  • Automation — there are things you want automated, homelab can take care of that
  • Potential security improvement — I know some people who browse the internet from dedicated VMs that roll to a “clean” state and update daily for example.
  • Freedom to break things without worrying as much,
  • Improvements to your quality of life :)
  • Some people out there aim to be independent from online service providers and run their own mail server, storage etc.
  • Time consuming — for some people its nearly a part-time job
  • Money — good hardware can cost good money, Dell PowerEdge T440 starts at £1300 for example
Simplified network diagram for my setup

Hardware

My UDM, I call it “Smol Battle Station” — its small but as good and strong as a battlecruiser from StarCraft. I really love the design, it’s very minimal, clean and actually reminds me of EVE from WALL-E cartoon.
  1. There is a chance that router will be bricked during flashing
  2. I currently have limited free time, dd-wrt always takes time (read forums for example, some builds were unstable etc)
  3. UDM offers everything I need at the moment
  • 6th gen i7
  • 48GB DDR RAM
  • 1TB HDD and 256GB SSD
Baby Yoda sticker on my server :)
  1. No outside to inside traffic
  2. “IoT/Other”, “Guest networks” can’t reach other networks and can only talk with the internet
  3. “Trusted” can reach “Homelab”
  4. Homelab VMs can talk to each other

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