My home network

This has nothing to do with C#, but maybe you'll find it interesting.

I'm a geek.  I know this, because the definition of geek is “someone who pays someone to mow their grass but wires their own house for Ethernet.” 

I've pulled Cat 5 from my “server room” to various places around the house.  It's quoted because it's also a junk storage room and a cat room.  I get 0.125% of the floor space for computer stuff.

The Cat5 goes though the all to the outside, and is then stapled to the siding with insulated staples.  It goes to the study, the kitchen, the “media room”, and the bedroom. 

Again with the quotes.  Well, I mentioned to the guys at work that we were painting the media room (no quotes).  They say, “Oh, in black?”.  Hmm, no it's the color of butter.  I thought I was sharing the room with my son's toys, but apparently he's sharing it with me. 

In the kitchen I have an MP3 player which is nice when I'm doing dishes.  In the “media room” there's an HTPC, a Virgin Webplayer, and a wireless hub that lets me get online with my work laptop.  Am I sick because I have 3 computers in my living room?

The study has a hub and 3 computers: one for Everquest, one for doing work while I play Everquest, and one for my wife. 

The bedroom has a small hole in the wall where the ethernet port will go if I ever get around to it.  An old PC sits in front of the hole so it isn't an eyesore.  I haven't thought of a good use for a bedroom PC yet (keep it clean, folks), which is why I haven't gone any further on this project.  It need to be dead quiet, too.

The server room has an old Dell acting as domain controller, file server, and music server to the MP3 player in the kitchen.

Misc: A central phone system opens up VoIP possibilities.  DSL is my net connection.  A UPS keeps my EQ session going.

I count 8 nodes on my network.  How many do you have?

Comments (15)

  1. "The Cat5 goes though the all to the outside, and is then stapled to the siding with insulated staples. It goes to the study, the kitchen, the “media room”, and the bedroom."

    Ouch. I hope it’s plenum cabling at least.

  2. And how many nodes? Well, there are three eight port switches in the data closet, 75% of them have a plug in them, so, I have about 18 drops around here, give or take a bit. Several of the machines have multiple NICs because of subnetting, I’d say there are 8 or 9 devices plugged in.

  3. Cool Brian. What roles do the machine play?

    One idea is that I want to have a PC readily available anywhere in the house. If you have a thought you’d like to research online, you don’t have to go very far.

  4. I have the wires going through the wall every room has an rj45 connection, also have 802.11g. All the kids have PCs in their room(of course I have Web filtering, email filtering, and IM monitoring done at the server level). Running a 12 port managed switch. Two rack mount servers for filtering, services, etc. Both servers have UPS for backup. HDPC on my HDTV, with wireless KB, AIW ATI remote.

    Total 8 PCs

    2 Laptops

    2 PDAs (w/wireless), have to check email while watching TV. 😉

    DSL connection 384/1.5

  5. Derick Bailey says:

    I’m not quite to that point, but getting close.

    In my Office I have a Cable Modem connected to my Netgear Firewall / Router with 8 ports on it.

    I have a Dell C610 laptop for my work.

    On the other side of the room, I have a custom built AMD Athlon XP2500+ machine that I use for my side project development, RainbowSix 3 playing, and media viewing / listening.

    Out in the living room, my wife has a Playstation2 (yes, my WIFE has a PS2, not me… although I play the crapp out of it, she plays more than me).

    My wife also has a Dell laptop (dunno the model) from her work that we connect to our network.

    and in my office closet, I have an old Dell PIII-450 that needs a hard drive and a monitor. Once I get those two items, it’ll become the test box that I throw things on when I want to see what they do.

    and all of this is hooked up to my netgear router/firewall.

  6. Philip Rieck says:

    I’m a real loser. My wife considers my computer habit to be worse than crack.

    Cable modem comes into my linksys router, but as I have a DMZ host, I don’t know why I bother.

    That server does my NAT, firewall, VPN. It has three NICs, one to the linksys, one to another linksys WAP, and one to the wired net.

    Cat5 through the house (as it was being built, I asked the contractor if I could run wires before he added insulation. He said sure, and so I have two cat5 runs to every wall unit, with 1-3 of those per room) ending up in the basement.

    Den – 4 desktops, 1 is my "primary" with four monitors (1 lcd, 3 crts) 1 is my file server (headless), 1 is an exchange / web / sql server (headless), and 1 is a "play" server for different fun stuff (also headless)

    Den (again) – 3 laptops. Okay, these move, but the docking stations are in there. One is a tablet I carry around a lot, one is a dell trying to run longhorn, and the other is the one I let my wife use (I feel bad, as the screen is all messed up, and it’s so slow…)

    Wow. 8 already. That doesn’t count the PC in the living room I’m converting to a Media center PC, the 3 PocketPCs I have, or the xbox. Oh, and did I mention the old one in the basement holding mp3s, or the IPSec configuration, requiring another PC in the basement as a cert server / RADIUS server? And the fact I’m running three WAPs in my average sized home (Boy, do I get good signal anywhere) ?

    I need to get out more. I think I’ll start now, by getting out to best buy….

  7. Philip, you surely have me beat.

    Noise is a real issue for me, so my first thought is to move the headless machines into the basement.

    Wish I had a basement.

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