As i renovate the house i bought with my wife, i took profit to pull ethernet Cat. 7 cable on every room …
Right now, i have:
- 2 * 4 plugs on the living room.
- 2 plugs per bedroom
- 1 in the entrance
- 1 in the workshop under the house
Every ethernet line come to the technical closet where is also located the electrical board.
To connect all that line, i ordered:
- An old HP Pro Curve 4910 (gigabit, manageable) for about 40€ on eBay.
- A 24 ports patch panel on Amazon (~50€)
- A 4U, wall-mount, rack, still on Amazon (~50€)
- A 19″ power bar, again on Amazon (~25€)
Here is an overview of the assembled elements:
And here is the final setup, running on the closet:
For the curious, the small device on top of the switch is a RIPE Atlas Probe basically, a Arm SBC.
Next steps are:
- Partition the network in VLANs:
- One VLAN for the end user device (computer, phones).
- One VLAN for “smart” objets (TV, Playstation, IPTV receiver, …)
- One VLAN for the hosted services (this topic will be covered later ;-))
- One VLAN for the DMS.
- Replace my FAI router with a home made one. My choice fell to FriendlyElec Nano PI R2S : a powerfull ARM board with 2 Gigabit ethernet ports (one native, one using USB3).
- Get a home made small NAS. One more time, i choose a FriendlyElec board: the Nano PI M4B … but this topic will have its dedicated article!
Thanks to this small, economic (at least, at buy time … i must keep an eye on power consumption of the HP Pro Curve), i can now use my home connection at its full speed:
Compared to Wifi, it’s unbeatable …