-= IDS Communications Blog =-
Over the years after setting up many Networks, most Network Administrators build and organize their own personal Network differently from the general public. Either by doing it over the top (as seen by many end user) or by using specialized / commercial grade equipment which are not usually used by the end user because of its complexity. I always loved working on my personal local area network (LAN). I try to be organized, cleaned and as functional as I can, using my past experience to optimize and setup my own LAN. I moved a few times, that's unfortunate because I had to start all over again which is a lot of work if you consider all the wiring involved but I finally came with a decent setup (in my opinion).
After working long hours wiring the house, configuring the switches, servers, firewalls etc. and also making sure everything was done "properly" but also neat and visually appealing I decided to share with you the final result (no more major updates or changes planned). This setup reflects the best of my knowledge, in no way I am claiming to be a "know it all" or even an expert.
Most of my Servers/Devices/Appliances were purchased either through eBay or Kijiji. I wanted commercial grade appliances but since I was unable to afford brand new devices I found many good deals on the Internet. I am not saying I did not purchase anything new, but most of it was used. There's really good deals out there trust me!
Feel free to ask question, comment or even share pictures of your setup as well! It is always interesting to see how other people are doing their "business" but also a good knowledge base when someone is looking for tips or even new ideas!
Down below you will find a few pictures of my Servers Cabinet, my Servers, Switches, the wiring inside and outside the Cabinet and my Access Point installed on the ceiling. This one was a challenge since I live in a 2 storey house and my Cabinet is in the basement.