I'm in the same boot as noodle.
Also, you perhaps should be aware, that tor offers many of the sort of advantages that a vpn does, in this context. You can choose an endpoint by country, and spoof where you are - to definitely not watch german porn.The only problem is that some websites restrict access to known tor exit points, because they don't want to allow access without being able to track you. As they will periodically do with vpn providers.
Tor + VPN is the gold standard for privacy but, as you say, it has restrictions.
tor to proxy, proxy by tor to vpn service?...of course the problem is - you pay for the vpn and can be traced through that, unless it's anonymous bitcoin. Better to just tor.
So 'POE' is where your nodes (router and satellites?) communicate through the electrical wires.. so is an alternative to running new ethernet cables? I presume that gets you something that's not as good as a proper ethernet connection, but better than a wireless one?I was hoping people would tell me that a good modern wireless setups mean that wiring isn't so important any more.. that seems not to be the case. I've learned a bit more about mesh and it sounds like the way to go is a mesh system that supports wired connections between the nodes (backhaul?), and resigning myself to putting wires in.. assuming I don't find a place that's already been configured by Australian Tricky.