I cleaned some things up in my networking VMs. Did it make a difference? I have no idea. But it’ll be changing in a week or so; and this will all be redundant.
Let’s take a look at this shitty network schematic I drew:
After writing my last post I got to realizing it might be mildly more efficient to use the existing network bridges Xen provides, instead of bridging it to an internal network. I get the point behind the ability to create a virtual internal hypervisor-only LAN; but for this particular use case, it wasn’t necessary.
So, now; each VM has a network interface attached to “network 1”; and Xen’s internal bridging connects everyone together. The only redundant bridging is for the WiFi AP and my computer on Networks 2 and 3.
But this thing is finally getting a home inside the house, and at some point the primary IPv4 router will be replaced with something running on Xen; possibly a dedicated build if I can find something high performance enough.