My Workstation and Network Infrastructure

This is where I spend most of my time …


My primary workstation is a MacBook Pro 17” with i7 CPU, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD and a 27” Apple Cinema Display. I use an Apple bluetooth keyboard and Magic Trackpad.

I also use a MacBook Pro 15” for testing security related stuff that I don’t want to pollute my main workstation with.


In the background of my view are 2 Samsung displays. On the bottom is a 52” and above is a 24” that I use for displaying network monitoring and analytics info. Below the monitors is a Mac Mini running Lion Server, a Drobo with 8TB of storage, an Apple Airport Extreme, APC UPS and my dusty Xbox.


Lets dissect my network infrastructure…

Dual internet connections with 1 DOCSIS v3.0 modem and 1 DOCSIS v2.0 modem.

Protecting my network are 2 security appliances, a Cisco ASA 5505 and a custom built pfsense box.

The core is a HP ProCurve 1810G-24 switch that sits on top of my retired Cisco 3500 WS-C3548-XL-EN Switch.

My primary wireless network is powered by an Apple Aiport Extreme, and I run a Buffalo WHR-HP-G300N router with OpenWRT for guests.

Most of my servers are EC2 instances running on Amazon Web Services. However I do use a Dell PowerEdge 1950 server with VMWare ESXi for local testing.

Also in the rack is a Samsung 17” CRT Monitor, 2 Belkin KVM switches, a Foscam FI8918W IP camera and a Belkin UPS.