Rethinking Smart Home Gateways
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Why are we not seeing this kind of innovation or at least some movement towards this in pfSense?
Ideas like those are a dime a dozen, but either the technology doesn't exist to do what he's wanting, or it's not something that works well enough to bother with yet.
Convergence isn't all it's cracked up to be, too. The firewall is likely going to become more specialized in protecting things, rather than providing extra fluff services. More likely you'll see additional IoT style small devices that will handle the sorts of tasks he mentions. The only thing that makes sense from that, practically, is some analysis of the data leaving. But even that is hard to define. What data is "interesting" to see? How to filter/sort it when there is so much? If it's encrypted, the firewall can't even see the contents… Sounds good in theory, but in practice the idea falls apart.
"What data is "interesting" to see? How to filter/sort it when there is so much?"
This is a great point.. Even if you could pick it out and color code it and make it easy as pie to understand for someone with an understanding of networking. What is your typical user going to do with it??
I don't need a "smart" gateway to see the traffic I am interested in ;) This can already be done with the tools out there and pfsense, etc.
This line drove home the guy that wrote this just doesn't really get it…
"smart service providers could even leverage the data to suggest things like adding a WiFi extender for your upstairs bedroom or the basement office."
Did he mean to say where another AP should be placed or how to better place the AP in your home for best coverage.. If what you want is crappy ass wifi, then sure throw up some "extenders" hehehe
"Wouldn’t you like to know what kind of data is flowing into and out of your home?" I take it he is talking about ILDP, who is going to set this up? Your typical user?