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2014-04-29 01:08 PM
audacity @gdkitty, thanks! I put a bunch of effort into that ... I guess it was almost 4 years ago now. My, how time flies.

We added some in-wall speakers on the main floor which gave us access to the interior of that wall without needing any extra drywall/painting work simply by taking the speakers out when we needed access to the wall. We ran CAT6 cables from the basement (drop ceiling) through the main floor, up to the top floor. Then, on the top floor there is a small 8-port switch

On the top floor we just have a 8-port Netgear switch (powered over ethernet) mounted on a wall upstairs which is connected to the main switch that you saw in the picture, and the three top-floor bedrooms are connected via drops from the attic to interior walls which go back to the switch that connects the wires that were pulled from the basement.

It wasn't as hard as I thought it would be, but it did take a full weekend to three people to run all the cable in the house. At the same time we were running audio cables for in wall and in ceiling speakers.

Also, at the same time we put a OTA antenna on the roof (a RCA ANT-751, based on the recommended antennas list from Stampeder's excellent Antenna Chart. That antenna has served us well, and it's not very big. We got the antenna cable all the way down to the basement by commandeering one of the coax runs that went from the basement to a interior wall in the master bedroom. Then we just connected it using a f-connector coupler to the RG6 cable that was run all the way up to the roof.

Also, we left "pull cables" in the wall to make it easier if we need to add any additional wires in the future.
2014-04-29 12:44 PM
Originally Posted by JamesK View Post
My printer, which I bought 7 years ago, is USB only. It is shared from the computer it's connected to.
This is the next best option.. but not everyone always has that PC on all the time, to be able to share it.

NICE setup
I really wanted to do that at my current location.. but that we moved into a 20 year old house.. so definitely not pre-wired.. have not been able to do it that easily
I looked into running them now after the fast.. some of the MAIN floor would not be too bad as drop ceiling in the basement..but ALL the upstairs room, most of the walls to not line up with the interior..
Called a company about paying them to do it.. WAAAAY to much to be worth it :P

Currently, I have a BUNDLE of cables which go from the elec panel area (with a switch there to feed everything in the basement), over to where the cold air return is. They travel up the cold air return at least to the main floor, as it backs against where the TV/Entertainment area is. This is where I have my N66U setup.
I HOPE when my hot water tank get replaced.. to then be able to wire upstairs. Currently it vents through 4" up all the way to the roof. (furnace used to go there too, new furnace vents out the side). Once replaced.. I will have a nice 4" conduit I can use right up to the atic.. then can run stuff across there
2014-04-29 08:47 AM
JamesK ^^^^
My printer, which I bought 7 years ago, is USB only. It is shared from the computer it's connected to.
2014-04-28 11:59 PM
audacity They are standard, I think both of those printers can connect via WiFi and Ethernet (they're using Ethernet). I forgot to list them in my list of devices on my network because I never think about them.

I think most people just have old printers from the time when getting a network jack on a printer meant a extra $250, that's all.
2014-04-28 11:55 PM
TorontoColin Surprised I haven't seen more people with network printers. I don't have a printer at all anymore, but I thought wireless ones were all but standard these days
2014-04-28 03:05 PM

Here is a pic of the "main" wiring termination point in the back of the basement. I did all the wiring myself, with the exception of the Telus installer who brought in the fiber line. The fiber line is the black ClearCurve wire dropping down from the top right hand of the picture.

The ATX case on the shelf is running Hyper-V (Windows Server 2012 R2), which runs various VMs. Its got 2x 4TB drives (raid 1) to backup other devices in the house, and 2x 3TB (raid 1) for various storage, and 2x 256GB SSD (raid 1) for boot/OS VHDX files, and 16GB of RAM. It's running a database, web server, network monitoring software, source control software, etc. It's convenient to place this box next to the main switch since it has multiple NICs, which is advantageous for a VM host.

The 24-port gigabit switch is the "main" switch in the house. It supports SNMP so that I can monitor network activity, and it supports STP so that I can connect multiple wired Sonos devices without getting broadcast storms due to multiple network paths that are created by that configuration.

Sitting on the left of the 24-port router are two HDHomeRun devices that are connected to a OTA antenna (so, 4 tuners). On the right is the Telus "fiber modem" (aka ONT), which is powered by the white UPS which is behind the upper-left of the HP printer.

The "fiber modem" is then connected to a port on the top patch panel, which goes to another point in the house where a Asus RT-N66U is running. Having two cable runs to each room is very helpful in these cases because it allows you to place a standard wireless router close to the middle of your house to maximize WiFi coverage, instead of having to locate it in the middle of the basement. This is something that is difficult to do if you only have one ethernet drop in the room where you want to locate your router.

On the bottom shelf you'll see a CyberPower UPS on the left, and a old (now retired) HP MediaSmart server on the right. The UPS is powering the server, the 24-port switch and the HDHomeRuns.
2014-04-28 02:34 PM
Larry Here is my list:

1 Mac mini
4 PCs
XBox 360
XBox 1
Apple TV
Panasonic TV
Blu Ray player
4 STB (Bell Fibe)
Epson Colour Printer
Vonage VoIP box
2 Wireless routers

4 iPhones
2 iPads
1 Nexus 4

29 devices
2014-04-28 01:39 PM
notsure Okay, the next time my wife complains about the "3 ugly boxes" (modem, router, and UPS) hidden behind the couch I'm going to show her this picture! Thanks Wayne.
2014-04-28 01:28 PM
Wayne Here is a photo of my main wiring spot - I told you it wasn't pretty. This is where my home LAN wiring is terminated and it is where cable enters the house.

On the upper left is my 24 port switch. On the lower right of the cabinet is my Rogers CGN3 gateway (which is functionally just a modem as it is in bridge mode). Also on that shelf is my Asus RT-N66U router - unfortunately this is a terrible spot for a WAP since it is buried on the bowels of my large house. Hence the need for other WAPs.

In the photo you can also see a couple of RF distribution amps - one for OTA and one for cable. You can also see part of my SageTV home media server.

In the top right you can see a UPS and there is another one on the floor that isn't visible in this picture. In the bottom right of the photo there is a web power switch that can remotely power cycle an outlet from a web UI.

In several rooms I also have 8 or 5 port switches and I also use my WAPs as switches as well. For example I have at least two network drops in my main TV room but in the room I have an HTPC, IP cam, Xbox One, Xbox 360, HTPC, TV and AVR that all use wired ethernet.

p.s. I added a Philips Hue lighting hub on the weekend so I am up one more IP and I forgot the Bowers & Wilkins music player that is connected via wifi. That takes me up to 64 devices.
2014-04-27 02:00 PM
classicsat Right now, just 3 things hardwired and actively used.
That is the HD-Homerun, HTPC, and Blu-Ray player (it has WiFi though).

Wireless, three PCs, one phone.

I have around, another PC or two I don't really use, a TiVo Series 2 (and a couple more) a couple Shaw 6xx series recievers, a tablet that needs a touch screen, an Xbox-360 with RROD/Error 86, and an old DLNA box. I am on the verge of building another PC (or rather upgrading my HTPC with a new Kabini board and APU).

The network, as it is, is a WRT54G with DD-WRT and the DSL modem, next to the HTPC feeding the mentioned devices there, and a 5 port Ethernet switch in the work room, feeding the home office (old Win XP machine, set aside, Netbook on WiFi now used), living room TV (nothing now), and porch (nothing now), with a port for the workroom PC (old athlon PC, not used much).
2014-04-25 06:39 PM
Danster It would be hard for me to take pictures as I have a switch at 3 different places. Wires going everywhere, really doen't look professional. However, in the end, it just works and that is alright for me.

BTW, my switches are Netgears. One is 8 connections and the other 2 are 5 connections.
2014-04-25 11:59 AM
DSgamby I would be lose if it's mine is bigger than yours.

Xbox 360
LG Blu-Ray Player
Samsung Laser Printer

I think that is it.
2014-04-25 09:50 AM
Originally Posted by JamesK View Post
No, but I have a Cisco 16 port 100 Mb switch, a firewall/router built with Linux on an old computer and an 802.11n access point up on the wall in my laundry room.
Until I consolidated (used to have a server box, my desktop box, etc, a media server box... which are all now combined for less power consumption).

You know that area, underneath a set of stairs, which is pretty much useless space? That's where I had all mine
2014-04-24 11:13 PM
have a 40U 19 inch rack in your home
No, but I have a Cisco 16 port 100 Mb switch, a firewall/router built with Linux on an old computer and an 802.11n access point up on the wall in my laundry room.
2014-04-24 10:37 PM
99semaj Hmmm...
  • One Raspberry Pi server running Asterisk
  • One Cisco Analog telephone adaptor
  • Four IP phones
  • Two iPads
  • One Windows Phone
  • One iPhone
  • Two iPod Touch
  • One iMac
  • One Nexus7
  • One network printer
  • Three Airport wifi nodes
  • One Samsung SmartTV
  • One PS3
  • One ChannelMaster OTA DVR
  • One Apple TV
  • One Hue Light Controller (with 13 bulbs)
  • One Windows notebook

No 19" rack, but it does all terminate to a structured wiring cabinet, since I have two CAT6 drops in each room in the house, plus in the garage.
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