Thoughts on the CORE Cloud DNS fail and using a second router to "Daisy-Chain" CORE to another router
Ref: Thoughts on the CORE Cloud DNS fail and using a second router to "Daisy-Chain" CORE to another router for continued internet access.
Just wanted to pass on some helpful insight after the epic CORE DNS fail over the last week or so ago. And now that is been confirmed theres no arguing what happened: Official Symantec Statement Concerning Internet Outage Last Week
As most have experienced, its completely unexcusable to be without internet connectivity due to forces we cannot control because of a CORE DNS fail, and to top it off I still get random connection drops with the CORE forcing me to hard restart it... To rectify the issue directly I brought back my old router until they could fix "their issue" and get the DNS back up and running. I then realized no one ever responded to my question about "daisy-chaining" another router to the CORE: Daisy chain Core to another separate router and I wondered if this would work.
I ran my own test for 5 days now with 100 percent positive results. Heres what I did.
1) Connected my old ASUS AC 3100 wireless router directly to my modem and used a different SSID on that ASUS router. 2) Connected the CORE and used a separate/different SSID on that device and connected it directly to the ASUS LAN Gigaport #1 on the ASUS router. 3) Powered up all devices. So recap; its now connected as: modem - ASUS router - CORE
And would you know it, its working flawlessly. The only notice I got was CORE saying it cannot protect the connections hooked directly to the ASUS routers SSID. We know this...
So now the question is, why did I do this and how does it help? Well all my "Internet of Things (IOT)" devices and those that cannot run a stand alone AV are connecting to the CORE SSID. This way all of those devices are protected by the CORE's intrusion protection, nortons DNS for web searches and the deep packet inspection. All of my devices that CANNOT be without internet (work laptop and phones etc...) are connected to the CORE's SSID, BUT also have the ASUS' SSID in them as a fall back. So when CORE decides to have a "fail moment" my work laptop and phones divert directly to the ASUS router SSID and "voila" I don't lose internet connectivity! (Thanks ASUS ;) router!)
So I hope this helps.
In closing: Norton, we are NOT your beta testers. Release only when the product has been FULLY tested and don't pass this on to the customer base just to make a quick buck!