.fahim, on 04 February 2013 - 23:08, said:
In short, security is the key factor; not only from web based attacks but also from unknown network users in my shared property, not necessarily from attack by them personally but there is no guarantee that their own workstation security hasn't been compromised somehow and I'm not prepared to take the risk that their machines may be used as a potential launchpad for an attack on my server or personal workstations, for all I know their machines may potentially be riddled with any manner of nasty malware picked up from less than reputable software sources or dodgy websites.
Also the steep learning curve has been a particularly encouraging factor, can't learn if I don't try...
DHCP lease time on the ISP router is 1 hour, last time it was restarted it was 3 hours before I returned home to discover a lack of internet. WAN IP remained the same after, presumably due to the fact that the WAN interface most likely remained up during this time instead of coming down and then back up.
I have assigned a static IP now to WAN, hopefully next time ISP router requires reboot I shan't run into the same issue.
Thanks again BudMan, you've been a wonderful help through all of this, for now it seems that my network is running rather smoothly and has a setup that more that satisfies my needs and desires, for now all is good, can't thank you enough. Perhaps though you will be seeing further posts from me in the future seeking aid with further networking issues, after all, I do like to tinker and am keen to learn...