This is part 1 of a series about my network configuration. I’ve tried to do these posts before but everything was too damn complicated, so I’m giving it another crack. I hope to release a couple of posts per week.
I’ve made a heap of changes to my home network lately. To give you an idea of the scale, power use has gone from an average of 550W to 60W!
Here is what my network shelf looks like now. Excuse the cell phone pic, I took it at 7am this morning…
Previously I had multiple managed switches, a couple of MikroTik routers, two VMware servers. All that is gone now and has been replaced by what you see above, and (not pictured) a couple of Raspberry Pi’s and my old fileserver.
I LOVE my Snap connection. We have 30/10 UFB and get 400GB for $95/month (promo price).
The FritzBox is my UFB router, DHCP server, VoIP server and has a 2 port ATA built in. I am not using the wireless, DECT or NAS functionality.
Just a couple of dumb 8 port 10/100/1000 switches. Everything is on the same LAN now, instead of the 5 VLANs I had previously.
The FritzBox and PAP2T run the various cordless phones in the house, and we also have a couple of VoIP phones. One on the desk in the office and one in the bedroom
We have two Raspberry Pi’s. One is below the shelf pictured above and is acting as our print server, VPN router and MPD server for the house wide audio. I tried to use it as a NAS but the performance was just too slow (2-3MB/s). This also counted it out as the download server.
The other Raspberry Pi is running XBMC and is attached to the back of a monitor in the bedroom for streaming media in there.
As well as doing general file sharing duties, the NAS is the TimeMachine destination and the download server, pulling in files from the seedbox via multi-segmented FTP automatically. If you’re interested in the scripts that make this happen, watch this space, as I will do a blog post about them.
We have a WDTV attached to our lounge TV for streaming from the NAS. With the new dedicated NAS we are streaming HD content over wireless no problems at all.
I have a standard Unifi access point running Tanaza firmware as my AP. The Tanaza cloud management interface is rather nice.
We still have our huge 20TB fileserver (running Windows 8 with storage space), but it’s only being turned on when we need it to save power, and to sync my photo library between it and the NAS.