With working from home during 2020 I wanted to invest in ensuring my home network is resilient, reliable and has inherent upgradability. Below is the current state of my home network. I’ll update this over time as I add, upgrade or change hardware.
The cabinet fans are quite loud and since I have this unit currently in the living room I used a WeMo plug to remotely switch these on overnight for a few hours.
Cabinet power distribution is provided by this CyberPower device.
Since my home network is primarily WiFi based I only needed a UniFi Switch 16 PoE for local cabling to a few IOT hubs.
The Unifi Dream Machine Pro and the UniFi Switch 16 PoE are linked using SFP. Sadly not SFP+ since the switch is only SFP and not SFP+. I did have to force the port negotiation to SFP.
These rack studs worked really well for device mounting.
WiFi Access Points
For a home network of between 20 and 50 IP addresses (over WiFi) the UniFi PRO Access point was a good fit. One is in the living room and one in the bedroom (bridged over WiFi to the living room). Due to limitations on cable run in an apartment building the bedroom AP is WiFi bridged instead of wired. Ultimately the AP’s will be both hard wired and not using WiFi bridging.
The Unifi Pro Experience
Zooming in on the Bedroom AP…
Overall Network Performance And Health
This is a great feature that automatically moves WiFi devices between channels to avoid RF interference and channel saturation.
You can also do a manual scan to see where channel usage is happening.
- Add a UPS to the server cabinet (internal or external?)
- Use CAT6 / CAT6e cabling where possible (instead of WiFi)
- Add a 2U rack server (might have limited selection due to the cabinet depth)
- Implement UniFi Protect and / or UniFi Access
I found the following resources helpful in designing this home environment.
Would love to read anyone’s thoughts or comments on this home setup so I can evolve and improve it.