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Reply #15
Schroedinger's torrent.

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Reply #16
Why would you want a VPN?

Genuinely interested and not having a pop. I know it hides your online activity (to an extent, I’m sure if someone’s doing something too wrong they’d be found). But I know little else.

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Reply #17
I'm in the same boot as noodle.

You've gone full-blown Canadian. Boat>boot.

In answer to @Seven's question, there are many reasons to use VPN. If you're watching @Richoriginal's playlist, you may not want anyone to discover your interest in goat porn.

There are other uses as well. I was in Germany when I had to pay my income tax bill, so I used a VPN to log in to my bank and HMRC via a London IP address to mitigate any security issues that may otherwise have arisen.

Ultimately, VPN is about privacy and/or trying to access content specific to a country. In the case of porn, the reason why the Tories' plan to restrict access for underage viewers was unworkable is VPN. Why would anyone allow an agency to hold their personal details so they could watch porn when all they had to do is subscribe to a VPN provider and connect from a different country? Not that I ever use VPN to watch German Porn. Of course not.

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Reply #18
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.
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Reply #19
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.

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Reply #20
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.
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Reply #21
This all sounds a lot of effort not to watch any German porn.
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Reply #22

 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.

I use Mullvad for my VPN.  Using Tor through Mullvad to not watch German Porn is the way forward.

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Reply #23
Tech advice request...

WiFi Mesh systems vs a good router with extenders vs just lay down some wires

The noodle family is contemplating a move from a small apartment where a single router is good enough and running wires to important things (such as my desk) is viable... to a grownup house with walls and stairs and a separate study etc.

So, for the first time, I am contemplating a world where a single router probably won't get the job done.

I'm a fan of wires where possible, but that might not be option around the house. I'd probably run one to the media area where the NAS is and all the music and video, but I don't know if I'd be able to get one to a study or elsewheres. I don't know the first thing about modern quality home wifi setups because I've never needed one.

A mesh setup seems like the trendy option... are they a good way to go? I don't want to waste money.. but quality is a higher priority than price. Google and Amazon products are likely both excluded on privacy grounds... but I'm more interested in a general overview of the options, rather than specific product advice.
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Reply #24
I have gone through a couple of products since owning this house.

My learnings:

Run structured cable if you can, this house is 3,000 sq feet and long, my internet provider delivers the cable into my basement. First step is to replace the router they provide.

I now have a small switch connected from where I run 3 cables, one to each end of the house where my Wireless Access points reside, the two of them provide coverage across the whole house and my deck/most of the back garden so we can stream music/football games etc.

The third is for a dedicated hardware that connects me back to the corporate network.

I’m using Meraki  https://meraki.cisco.com/  which I have been very happy with so far.

An alternative that we actually recommend and have seen good success with in older houses is  Ubiquiti https://www.ui.com/

I tried using Apple’s mesh product in one of the previous scenarios, didn’t work as well and there is nothing I need less than Senora Mus calling me in the afternoon when WiFI coverage goes down.

The  house has limited cell coverage so we’re reliant on wifi calling, then add in 35+ connected devices many of which are streaming media, incl cameras etc, since this latest deployment, two years ago now it’s been rock solid.


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Reply #25
Always wire where possible.

You can roll you own mesh with openwrt, of course, which opens up a wide range of devices, but...

I'm using Tplink EAP stuff. WAP nodes are consumer level cheap (and can be picked up cheap second hand). Control software free and multi platform. PoE, faceplate,  and all various form factors available.

If you are going this route I would consider poe essential.  Tplink also recommended for value quality poe switches.

Each mesh mode will need a wire anyway.  Unless you are mounting in a false ceiling,  you might want to consider faceplates. A mesh wireless access point,  built into a wired socket. 
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Reply #26
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.
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Reply #27
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.

No, PoE means Power over Ethernet. It's where the same cable that brings your network connection also provides power to the device. Commonly used for IP phones like what your employer probably gives you.

I have a wireless mesh. It's good. Wired is better, but lots of my things are wireless by default.
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Reply #28
I use Surfshark to not watch German porn.