Home Network Planning

By Jeff | Jul. 23, 2012

Once we finally figure out what to do with the family room, we’ll be able to install the in-wall portion of our network. In the meantime, I thought it would be nice to give you guys a sneak peak of what the final network is going to look like.

Obviously creating a plan for something like this is important and prevent a lot of problems before they happen. In the below diagram, everything you see in the main section will be placed in a media cabinet keeping our family room feeling much more open and clean. This will also allow all the wires to be hidden in the walls, which will keep Hillary happy and Nova out of trouble (in addition to the MacBook power cord she destroyed, she also decided to chew threw our 75 ft CAT6 cable in two different spots). The plan also allows for room for expansion so if we want to increase capacity later on, we’ll be able to add up to 3 completely new devices and one more device in the office, denoted by the blue circles.

For those of you who don’t know, we name our computers and networked devices to make it easier to identify. Leonard is our HTPC (Home Theater Computer), Gideon is our main desktop computer, and Palani is our home server.