Home Networking Setup

triplite hinged rack

We are remodeling part of our house and it may be time to properly set up a home network.

 

Currently we have a few devices in one room where the cable comes into the house and then the main TV, VoIP phone, PS4, Fire TV, Apple TV in another room and it is not super organized.

 

With the remodeling it will be a great time to get some Cat 6 networks drops installed, a patch panel, proper network switch, cable modem relocated, etc, all in a nice and tidy rack.  Here is what I am thinking

 

Devices it will contain: Patch Panel

Modem

Wifi Router?

Phone base?

Smart Hub for Home Automation

 

 

Wall mount open frame rack 12U of space

  1. 1U Patch Panel
  2. 1U Network Switch
  3. 2U shelf
  4. 2U shelf
  5. 1U UPS
  6. 1U Power PDU

 

Network Rack

Looking for a smaller rack to hold the devices. 12U seems to be a pretty standard size for the smaller rack.  Additionally since security is not a big concern, I can go with an open fram rack.

 

Hinged Trip Lite Rack

http://amzn.to/2eQJQqF

triplite hinged rack

 

 

Patch Panel Options

Trip Lite N252-024  http://amzn.to/2eQNDEx

 

Trip Lite N052-024   http://amzn.to/2xsxosy

Cable Matter Patch Panel   http://amzn.to/2wVMaGx

 

 

 

Network Switch Options

Thinking it will probably be a 24 port switch and rack mountable.

Possible features include: fanless, power over ethernet, and unmanaged / smart manageced / fully managed.

NetGear 

NETGEAR ProSAFE 8-Port 10-Gigabit Ethernet Smart Managed Switch (XS708T-100NES) 
by NETGEAR 
Link: http://a.co/dHrEspa

 

GS728TP-100NAS 192W 8PoE ports  ($350)

GS728TPP 384W 24 PoE+  ($497.99)

 

TP Link

T2600G-28MPS (384W) http://www.tp-link.com/en/products/details/cat-39_T2600G-28MPS.html   ($394.09)

T1600G-28PS (192W)  http://www.tp-link.com/us/products/details/cat-40_T1600G-28PS.html ($266.99)

 

Shelf

StarTech 2U vented rack

http://amzn.to/2xsdm11

startech 2u vented shelf

 

 

 

 

Power Strip or PDU (Power Distribution Unit) 

This is a fancy power strip that will mount into the rack making ever thing nice and neat.  These are pretty straight forward, just looking for a rackmount power strip, ideally it can handle normal plugs and the larger “wall wart” plugs that could be associated with modem or wifi router.

Possible Options: outlets on front, outlets on back, right angle outlets, surge protection.

Tripp Lite RS1215-RA 

Trip Lite RS1215-RA 15A, 15 outlet, outlets at right angles, no surge protection.
Price: Around $50 at Amazon

CPS 1215RM front 499x125Tripp Lite RS1215-RA Front

CPS 1215RM back 499x125Tripp Lite RS1215-RA Back

 

 TrippLite DRS-1215

TrippLite DRS-1215  15A, 14 outlet, surge protection  

Price: around $58 at Amazon

tripplite DRS 1215 500x95Tripp Lite DRS 1215 Front

 

Cyber Power (power strips)

CPS-1215RMS 12outlet 15A, Surge Protection,  Plugs on Front and Back, plugs on back have more space.

Price: Around $50 at Amazon

cyber power CPS 1215RMS front 1000x160

Front

cyber power CPS 1215RMS back 1000x160

Back

 

Cyberpower CPS-1215RM Rackmount PDU Power Strip – 10-Outlet 15A 1800VA

Cyberpower CPS-1215RM  – 10 Outlet 15A, No Surge Protection, all plugs on back

 

Around $44

Link: http://a.co/6qOThqo

 

My Power strip selection

I think I will go wit the cyber power PDU.  It has a good number of plugs on both the front and back and should be way more than what I need.

 

 

UPS Options

These are typically 1U or 2U, I think I just need a one 1U unit, plus these are less expensive

sizes seem to be around 500KVA or 700/750KVA, not sure if it worth the extra money to bump up to the 700KVA unit

some options include better conditioned power, not sure if I need all that

 

Cyber Power

CyberPower 750VA / 560W / PR750LCDRM1U  

Price 377.99 at Amazon http://amzn.to/2wSY4Sk

 

 

Cyber Power 500VA / 300W / OR500LCDRM1U 

Price 149.99 at Amazon: http://amzn.to/2gWIVcr

CyberPower OR500LCDRM1U front 1000x130

CyberPower OR500LCDRM1U back 1000x130

 

CyberPower 700VA / 400W / OR700LCDRM1U

Price: 195.95 at Amazon: http://amzn.to/2wVRs54

CyberPower OR700LCDRM1U front 1000x130

CyberPower OR700LCDRM1U back 1000x130

 

Tripp Lite

500VA / 300W / SMART500RT1U

Price 155.50  at Amazon: http://amzn.to/2f0S0jZ

 triplite SMART500RT1U front 1000x130

triplite SMART500RT1U back 1000x130

 

APC

Did not see any really good, current, affordable UPS Options.  I will add some here if I find them.

  

 

Ethernet Cable

Looks like there some new standards since 2001 when cat 5e was the new thing.

The options seem to be cat5e (10/100) Cat6 (10/100/1000) and Cat7 (10/100/1G/10G)

I think for our house the Cat5e or Cat 6 is the way to go.

There seems to be a difference between solid copper and copper clad.  Solid copper is more expensive and what you need to meet the cat6 standard.

 

Cat 6 cable option

Cable Matters:  http://amzn.to/2wWYCH2 new is $149.99 at amazon or they have several boxes in warehouse deals for just under $100.  Thinking the damaged packaging box could be the way to go.

 MonoPrice: http://amzn.to/2f4J2SD here is another less expensive brand new it is around $130/1000 ft.

 GearIT: http://amzn.to/2f4Jqkl  this seems to be around $160/1000ft or $110 in a damaged box.

 

There seem to be several different variations of Cat6 cable.  I will work to figure out what the differences are.

Solid –  think this is Cat6 

 STP – Solid Twisted Pair  think this is cat6

UTP – Unsheilded Twisted Pair

Plenum – Plenum Frare Safety Rating