Been having some pretty intense issues with networking at our house and the reason is obvious: way too many WiFi devices, an old house full of interference, and expectations that are way too high (mine). Apple TV rarely manages to stream a TV show or movie without an issue, network transfers are slow and generally it’s just painful.
A quick inventory for those questioning the too many WiFi devices…
- MacBook Pro
- MacBook Air
- Windows Laptop
- iPad Mini
- iPod Touch (occasionally)
- iPhone 5
- iPhone 4s
- Apple TV x 2
- Xbox 360
- Nintendo Wii
- Playstation Vita
- Nintendo 3DS
- Raspberry Pi
- Sony TV
And this doesn’t consider transient devices coming in and out of the house. In fact, most of this stuff gets used on a daily (hourly, some days) basis. And while WiFi routers are specced to handle more devices than this, there is still a lot of congestion and there are regular issues.
So last week I did some shopping and I wait eagerly for my parts to arrive. The network is going to be decked out with a Gigabit router, CAT6 under floor cabling, professional quality wall plating, the whole deal. In fact, here is the shopping list from last week.
- Netgear GS116 16 Port Gigabit Switch
- 6 RU Wall Mount Network Cabinet
- 15 x 2m Cat 6 Network Cables
- 15 x 25cm Cat 6 Network Cables
- 305m Cat 6 LAN Cable
- 24 Port Patch Panel
- Wall plaers and jacks
I am jumping out of my skin for it all to arrive and I will be documenting the build process with photos.
Ironically, the network dropped out while I was writing this…
Photo credit (Creative Commons).