So What's this all about then?
Well I've mentioned some parts of my home setup a few times in various threads, and people seem to be quite interested, so I thought I would put it all down in one place.
A bit OTT isn't it?
Yes, probably. But it's what I'm interested in and at the end of the day, it's something to do
(more to come)
My actual network isn't that big a deal. Draytek Vigor 2700 ADSL2+ router, Edimax EW7146APn Wireless-N Access Point and an Edimax 8-port gigabit switch. I had thought of getting a lerger 16 port switch when I moved into my current place, but it seems to be a lot friendlier with regards to wireless signal, so I only have a few things wired at the moment (server, desktop, printer, livingroom HTPC and a spare lead for laptops).
I'll do a network map and get photos online later.
- Draytek ADSL2+ router
- Edimax wireless AP
- Edimax 8-port Gigabit ethernet switch
- Brother MFC-465CN (printer, scanner, fax)
- Data, music and TV Server
- Desktop workstation, laptop and netbook
- 2x MediaPortal clients
- 4x Squeezebox players
The printer was an absolute bargain! I decided I wanted an all in one printer/scanner/copier, preferably one I could network so my laptops and my desktop could all print without messing about with USB cables. I was wondering through Tesco one day and saw this. I knew Brother dod some interesting small office units, so this caught my eye. it was an ex display model without ink, power cable, network cable, manuals or drives, basically just the unit itself as you saw it. That wasn't a problem as it takes a standard kettle lead and ethernet cable. Ink I got for about £1 per cartridge online somewhere and the drivers I downloaded. It's been fantastic. I mainly use it for scanning, and the sheet feeder is pretty good. I'm going through all my old statements and bills, and binning all the leaver arch files I've built up over the years.
That white shelf things is from Ikea and is supposed to be in kitchen cupboards to give you more space for tins and jars etc. Works well here too.