My Home Network

Last update: 2020-10-14

When I talk about my home network to friends and colleagues, I’m frequently greeted with disbelief. My setup is not quite the average home setup. My good friend Lane describes it as “complex”.

Complexity comes in part because I have more than one ISP (Internet Service Provider). I’ve gone through a few configurations.

Past: cable, bonded DSL, wimax, and 3g.

Present: 1-gigabit synchronous fiber; LTE (cellular); cable via remote Wifi (as wireless ISP, or WiFi as WAN).

The 1-gigabit synchronous connection provides service to 40-60 devices, depending on what is going on. These devices include:

— main work station comprising: Dell XPS tower with six monitors; Beelink i5 small-form factor computer connected to 40″ 4k Roku TV that also servers as monitor; Mini-box computer acting as audio streaming server and web server
— three other multi-computer, multi-monitor work stations
— several video streaming devices, such as six Rokus, Chromecast, Amazon Firestick
— several Internet radios
— eight Amazon Echo devices in one multi-room music group; two Amazon Echo devices in one-multiroom music group
— streaming audio server for listening to various international news services via Internet outside the house
— dedicated VPN servers and routers
— two NAS (network attached storage) devices, each with RAID mirroring
— Raspberry PI with voice codec decoder server for amateur radio
— four networked printers (one using wifi into the network)
— professional Tricaster webcasting equipment
— surveillance cameras
— streaming audio server connected to low-power FM transmitter to create in-house Old Time Radio station
— tablets
— smart phones
— various laptops
— routers dedicated to VPN (virtual private network) connections (so, among other things, I can have wifi in the house with foreign IP#; handy to get around IP-geo-blocking)
— I’ve probably forgotten something

All these devices are connected through one of the following:

— several switches, including several 16- and 24-port switches
— 1200 feet of ethernet cable
— outdoor 2.4Ghz access point
— Asus dual-band, concurrent router used for WiFi as WAN feed
— Asus router used for fiber Internet feed
— Open-Mesh A60 (dual-band, concurrent) cloud-controlled PoE Access point as main WiFi access point for the fiber Internet
— several Meraki (indoor and outdoor) cloud-controlled access points used as system-down alarms and other fill-in needs
— access points from the VPN routers

I’m happy to say I’ve done all the work myself, including:

— equipment selection and purchase
— pulling all the ethernet cable (I enlisted help a couple times)
— configuration of routers and switches (port forwarding, DHCP)
— placement of access points
— configuration of the networked printers
— configuration of the VPN routers

— Bruce Miller