Posted on December 15, 2013 by

Renetworking the house

Been having some pretty intense issues with networking at our house and the reason is obvious: way too many WiFi devices, an old house full of interference, and expectations that are way too high (mine). Apple TV rarely manages to stream a TV show or movie without an issue, network transfers are slow and generally it’s just painful.

A quick inventory for those questioning the too many WiFi devices…

  1. MacBook Pro
  2. MacBook Air
  3. Windows Laptop
  4. iPad
  5. iPad Mini
  6. iPod Touch (occasionally)
  7. iPhone 5
  8. iPhone 4s
  9. Apple TV x 2
  10. Xbox 360
  11. Nintendo Wii
  12. Playstation Vita
  13. Nintendo 3DS
  14. Raspberry Pi
  15. Sony TV

And this doesn’t consider transient devices coming in and out of the house. In fact, most of this stuff gets used on a daily (hourly, some days) basis. And while WiFi routers are specced to handle more devices than this, there is still a lot of congestion and there are regular issues.

So last week I did some shopping and I wait eagerly for my parts to arrive. The network is going to be decked out with a Gigabit router, CAT6 under floor cabling, professional quality wall plating, the whole deal. In fact, here is the shopping list from last week.

  • Netgear GS116 16 Port Gigabit Switch
  • 6 RU Wall Mount Network Cabinet
  • 15 x 2m Cat 6 Network Cables
  • 15 x 25cm Cat 6 Network Cables
  • 305m Cat 6 LAN Cable
  • 24 Port Patch Panel
  • Wall plaers and jacks
  • Crimps

I am jumping out of my skin for it all to arrive and I will be documenting the build process with photos.

Ironically, the network dropped out while I was writing this…

Photo credit (Creative Commons).