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Hi all... Just as a brief background, i'm an analytics student and also web designer and digital marketer as a hobby. I am currently working from a home office under a tp-link archer ax90 router which I picked and am using because it's got a built in openVPN client, decent network security software, good throughput all in all better value for money and more efficient  than other home networking solutions nighthawk, asus etc whith sacrificing ease of use like with ubiquiti stuff.

Problem is, as a marketer based in a 'tier one' country but having clientele in Russia and China, trying to access the premium B2B and search services their at this time is an incredibly laborious process for me involving remote desktops and shadowsocks servers and probably more expenseive than it has to be.

To simplify this, I want to use access point extensions on my local network that have client devices set-up to exclusively use for certain regions. I will probably need up to three such access points for different geolocations and I do not wish to use desktop clients to achieve this as I want to keep my main local network proxy VPN IP as separate as possible from activity on these proposed access point, esp as their will be other people using it and for important things too like banking access.

Activities from these access points are unlikely to but may involve:

- Dealing with foreign developers and testing software and apps that may harbour malware

- Webscraping 

-web hosting, thus a possible influx of inbound traffic to local network

 

In addition to this, as an avid web developer I would also like to stop shying away so much from being a little more hands when it come to learning about cybersecurity and basic admin stuff - something that I have tried to avoid since as i'm worried I might mess something up or misconfigure whilst experimenting with it (hence why I just being using a plug and play router up till now). As much as I like the versatility and chance to learn and play around with computer tech, security is something that i'd rather have a managed / semi-managed solution for, just as i'd hire an accountant or specialist lawyer for financial or legal advice, rather than leave it to reddit etc

I'd also like a chance to scale up as I don't plan on working as a student from my attic bedroom forever....

 

Considering the above, I was wondering whether anyone could

A - propose whether there are any eset for business applications that could help me in anyway here

B - suggest a networking stack for me that won't be overkill or too expensive for my needs at this time, but will also allow for easy scalbility in the long run without interoperability issue taking up too much it me

 

Currently i'm thinking of going with the entry level Meraki products for my main network and default gateway because of it being a brand of an industry standard company in enterprise networking, provide extensive customer support, knowledgbase, robust hardware and cloud based management and solutions for people who "might a basic idea of, but not really no what they doing to any professionals standard"....

I feel this working with meraki will give me a gentle but very safe and secure introduction to networking for business, give me a line of products that are scalable but manageable by myself in the future for commercial purposes but also allow me to delegate to a professional sysadmin if I will need to scale up to the point it becomes to convoluted and time consuming for the purposes of a small to medium sized business.

And

For my access points I was thinking of flashing some refurbished routers with instances of OpenWRT..... (although I have also shortlisted vyOS, or IPfire/Opensense in conjunction with OpenWRT (for wireless access) I don't think these will be needed although I do like the sound of IPfire. Also heard about something called Open soucre IDS tools but I literally have no idea what they even do at this point of whether I need them at all. I will come to that later I guess.

I can experiment with these for access point for my "office", as long as I feel my main home network is secure....

I suppose that is the crux of the matter i'm looking for advice on really? 

Anyone got any pointers here? Does it seem like a good approach? What about integrating anything from eset if they have suitable products? I would appreciate any thoughts or pointers on the matter :) 

 

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For home users I'd recommend going for ESET Smart Security Premium which also employs the cloud sandbox system ESET LiveGuard. If you want a slightly cheaper product without ESET LiveGuard, Password manager and Disk encryption, go for ESET Internet Security. Should you be interested in business solutions for 5 and more devices, let me know.

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14 minutes ago, Marcos said:

For home users I'd recommend going for ESET Smart Security Premium which also employs the cloud sandbox system ESET LiveGuard. If you want a slightly cheaper product without ESET LiveGuard, Password manager and Disk encryption, go for ESET Internet Security. Should you be interested in business solutions for 5 and more devices, let me know.

 

I already am using all of eset home line of solutions - Smart security premium and Pro, across Windows, Mac, Android, but was  wondering whether there's anything that can be installed, like on Linux and connected directly to the router for full rt protection and IoT protection rather than relying on management from a client device? Or is there anything like this in the works at all??

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