What I Use: My home network setup


I recently updated my home network setup, some elements are probably overkill for a small home network, but it does give me a chance to play with some features that larger networks enjoy, like vlans. This space is sandwiched down the side of domestic freezer, so has to be less than 10cms away from the wall, which itself is under the stairs. The upside is that it remains at a cool stable temperature all year long (you’ve got to love those Victorian houses!)

The breakdown of the new setup includes…

1. 10way power strip
A great design, fits snugly into the space at the end and all the sockets are angled to allow better access for larger power packs.

2. Ubiquiti Unifi power over ethernet adaptor
there wasn’t a good way of securely mounting a small power adaptor to the wall, but found some Cisco VXR Router Rack Mount Rack ears that worked well, when combined with some velcro cable ties to hold the back in place. I’ve also used some 50cm power cables to reduce the trailing cables blocking access.

3. Ubiquiti Edgerouter Lite
a new and pretty advanced addition to the network, this kit is basically a small professional grade router, lots of power, but tricky to setup for anyone that isn’t committed to learning a whole new way of working. Good fun trying it though!

4. HP 1810-24G v2
My previous switches have been Netgear 8port units, very small and robust, but limited on ports available, I was looking for something larger but still silent, as rack mounted kit tends to be loud, due to the small fan sizes and the fact they are usually isolated in a rack. This switch is brilliant, low power, smaller case and completely silent.

5. BT Router
A generic box but provides me FTTC, running at 50mbps down/10mbps up. Does the job.

6. Small patch panel;
Routing 1gbps connections around the ground floor of my house.

In addition I have another HP 1810-24G v2 in my office, I’m hoping to run some fiber between each switch at some point. The network connects a number of machines, a Windows Media Center and HP Microserver, something I might write up about in the future.

Coromandel beach hut on sleds

Crosson, Clarke, Carnachan Architects | Projects - Hut On Sleds

How about this stunning small holiday home by Crosson, Clarke, Carnachan Architects in New Zealand’s Coromandel Peninsula, book me on the next flight!

Designed to close up against the elements, the hut measures a mere 40 square metres and rests on two thick wooden sleds that allow it to be shifted around the beach front section. This innovative portability is a response to the ever changing landscape that line the beachfront in this coastal erosion zone.

Crosson, Clarke, Carnachan Architects | Projects - Hut On Sleds

Shady Melbourne perfection

I love Melbourne and would kill for a house like this…

A haven in the big city cannons. Shady and green outside, dark and cave like cool in. I loved this Fitzroy, Melbourne home when I first saw it in the September/October issue Inside Out. Found it again when I went back to drool over the portfolio of photographer James Greer (see my original post here). Love how he captured the light and shade, the dark against the vibrant green, the stylish and the edgy. Styling is by the incomparable Mr Jason Grant.

via desire to inspire

Ultramodern silhouette floating lamp

Brilliant but expensive, do check out the videos if you don’t quite believe it yourself…

This unique lamp was designed by Angela Jensen and engineer Ger Jansen. The Silhouette floating lamp based on the iconic table lamp looks ultramodern thanks to its floating top part. The floating effect is possible due to it´s electromagnetic components and a sophisticated control system. If you want to buy this lamp be ready to pay $1300. Have fun!

via beautifullife.info

Netspot, a super simple wifi site survey app for the mac

If you run a business network using wireless networking, it’s important to check how far the signal goes and if there are any dead spots. Normally these kinds of apps are pretty expensive and sometimes require specialist kit, this new app for the mac, netspot is super simple to use, currently free under beta.

Netspot is a new wireless survey software for Mac OS X. Find out what your Wi-Fi network is capable of right now, it’s FREE! All you need to run your wireless site survey is your MacBook with native Wi-Fi / AirPort adapter. No special knowledge required. Exceptional simplicity, only 2 steps to get your first reports: survey Wi-Fi network and apply sleek visualizations.

All you need to do is sketch up the space you want to survey (or grab the office floor plans), load the file as a jpg, set a reference distance, the march around hitting points on the map whilst the app scans the area.

It’s brilliantly simple, very effective and best of all, free for the moment.

The iPad anywhere mount

A great concept for anyone looking to mount their iPad…

A product of the electronics accessories company Vogel’s, RingO packs a whole raft of mounts and stands into a single sleek iPad system. A case with a ring-shaped indent snaps onto the back of your tablet. Various mounts — including a screw-in wall mount, a swiveling mount, and an adhesive mount — then fit into the ring. The upshot is that you can move your iPad from the kitchen to the car and back again.

via Co.Design.