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.