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Guys its been awhile! Glad to announce bought a new house and built out a small room into my com-room. Running a 53U and taking old PCs and building them out for work/folding/data mining. Pics to come.

One issue I face is I use ATT fiber with their router and fiber runs to a converter 5ft from the router. Main floor is hard wired with shielded cat5e to the TVs. Running to the com room i want a way to prevent ATT from snooping into my servers on my racks. I'm running cat5e from the router to the room and implementing a 24 port switch. Unlike the main floor my office, game room and bedrooms are all hard wired to the com room on the second floor.

Is there a firewall hardware or software i can use to go before the 24 port switch to prevent any access from that point and all will need internet access. Would even another router work here?
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You could place a router/firewall between the AT&T router and the 24-port switch. This new "main" router would handle DNS/DHCP/etc for your network and in turn get it's WAN IP address from the AT&T router in front of it. The new router could just be an old PC in a 1U running pfSense, OPNSense, IPFire or just a plain command-line only Linux install with iptables. make sure it has at least two Ethernet ports or you'll have to deploy a VLAN-supporting switch and implement "router on a stick".

As a reference, I have a Pentium G5400 in a 1U running Proxmox VE with three pfSense instances and one Linux router instance as guests - clearly overkill for a 76Mb/18Mb VDSL connection, but it's a sandpit I can play in. :D
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