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Networking Completed, For Now

Posted on August 3, 2013 | 2 Comments on Networking Completed, For Now

Warning:  I am not a networking professional, I just pretend to be one at home.  What I did works, and looks pretty, that’s all I know.  🙂

Our house has this little niche in the office, and a raised foundation for easy cable running, and when we moved in I thought it would make a good shelf to put the printer/scanner on, as well as put the networking below.  It started out as 4 cat6 cables from the living room:

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And grew into a huge mess of cables, as we added 6 more cat6 runs to the master bedroom, 4 to the office and 2 to a front bedroom.  The sprinkler timer also got rerouted from outdoors to inside this niche.

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The finished product from has some shelf brackets turned into a makeshift 19 inch rack.  The 24 port patch panel has 16 ports used, with the yellow and pink cables going to PoE injectors for our 3 wireless access points, covering the entire house with excellent reception.  An outlet was added as well so the closet door can be closed.  I have maxed out the 16 port gigabit switch I have, maybe a larger, rack-mount one will be in the future.  🙂  For now a 19″ rack shelf works to hold the cable modem and other components.

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The runs end in keystones with cover places.  Behind the office desk I have a 4 way outlet, some others are just 2 ports.

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And as far apart as I could put them are the 3 wireless access points by ubiquity networks, powered by PoE from the office so all they need is just a network cable.

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The wireless system allows for seamless roaming between access points, including statistics and monitoring of those connected.  So far we have had no problems with speeds or coverage.

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The last picture shows connected users, signal strength, and activity with options to manage them.

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Comments:2

  1. John Reply
    16/03/07

    Where did you get those shelf brackets that made the 19″ server rack for your closet? I have searched all over and cant find anything close to what you used. Thanks!

  2. admin Reply
    16/05/27

    @John – They were these ones from home depot, with part of them removed. http://www.homedepot.com/p/Rubbermaid-6-in-L-x-8-in-H-Black-Arch-Steel-Decorative-Shelf-Bracket-1877580/204660654

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