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Windows 7: How is your home network designed?

18 Oct 2010   #1
FliGi7

XP / Win7 x64 Pro
 
 
How is your home network designed?

I am curious to know everyone's home networking implementations to include the design, topology, hardware, configuration, and monitoring applications. I'm also looking for new ideas.

Post up what you got


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18 Oct 2010   #2
Zepher

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Basic setup,
Modem, Wireless Router, GigE switch, PC, and HP 4500DN Color Laserjet downstairs.
Wireless Router (used as an Access Point), GigE and 10/100 switches, Main Rig, HTPC, 2 Xbox 360's, wireless Brother MFC Printer, Panasonic Blu Ray Player upstairs.

the 2 GigE switches are connected together for faster transfers between machines since 10/100 is soooo slow.
No monitoring software or anything, we don't' really need it for our simple network.
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18 Oct 2010   #3
zzz2496

Windows7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Internet<->Cable modem<->Mikrotik router<->8 port gigabit switch<->4 PCs + 1 AP +iPhone + 3 laptops/netbooks

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18 Oct 2010   #4
FliGi7

XP / Win7 x64 Pro
 
 

So you guys are also plugging in a switch to your router? I assume that is just to multiply the ports for more devices?

I'm trying to figure out what would be the best route to take for wiring a home network... to have a 8 or 10 port switch at the router and then route all those lines to different rooms, or just route the 4 or so lines from the router ports to different rooms and then use a switch in each room as necessary.
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18 Oct 2010   #5
zzz2496

Windows7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

I'd go with a managed gigabit switch as a "core switch" which will be connected to another switch that will provide connection in each section of your house. That is if you do have that many computers at home. Having a "smart" switch will help you in monitoring which part of the house use how many bandwidth in any given time. Having a smart router will show you the actual traffic as it goes through from your network to the internet and vice versa. Some smarter routers (like Mikrotik) can even report what connection goes where at what speed, what protocol, what port number, and many other information. Even smarter, you can "tag" a connection and put it into a "queue" so that it doesn't eat too much bandwidth (fine grained traffic shaping, even QoS), and Mikrotik has integrated traffic grapher in it, so you can see your bandwidth utilization as a graph...

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18 Oct 2010   #6
z3r010

 

Mine:-

Router downstairs -> cat6 to roof space where I have a small network cab with patch panel and 24 port gigabit switch which then distributes my network via cat6 (external) cable to every room and to two 'N' access points (one at each side of the house).

No monitoring.
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18 Oct 2010   #7
SledgeDG

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by FliGi7 View Post
I'm trying to figure out what would be the best route to take for wiring a home network... to have a 8 or 10 port switch at the router and then route all those lines to different rooms, or just route the 4 or so lines from the router ports to different rooms and then use a switch in each room as necessary.
I would think in a setting like this (multiple storie building) it would be more efficient to run a "backbone" to the top floor with a switch on each level and spread it out from there.

-DG
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18 Oct 2010   #8
FliGi7

XP / Win7 x64 Pro
 
 

I was considering using a Linksys WRT54GL as my main router. Then I could put a hub right behind it for the connections to all rooms, or just route the 4 ports to 4 diff rooms of the house and then put a hub/switch at each of those as necessary.
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18 Oct 2010   #9
FliGi7

XP / Win7 x64 Pro
 
 

Also, I'm not too keen on patch panels, so I'm not too sure what they offer me as compared to piecing things together with other networking components.
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18 Oct 2010   #10
SledgeDG

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

A patch panel basically is a splice to multiply the amount of ports you'll have available to connect your hardware to
(There are also intelligent/managed types available that double as a switch...i.e. a switch with more ports than usual)

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