11/10/2017
An Englishman's Network
Description

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I have become a bit of an Ubiquiti fan but my network is modest when compared to those I see on here.  But here it is, half hidden by its location in the top of a cupboard.

 

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From the top of my 9U rack we have:

- 1U of Adam Hall RGB LED light / vent space

- EdgeRouter 8

- 1U vent

- EdgeSwitch 24 Lite

- Excel 24 patch-panel (straight through type)

- 4U vent covering Synology NAS and EdgeRouter Lite 3 (cold spare)

 

Adding a rack light has been a godsend as the cupboard is otherwise unlit.  The light offers a choice of colours, for reasons that escape me... such as the blood red look:

 

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As is the way with married life the network cupboad is (apparently) the wife's handbag store:

 

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The network has wired ethernet to a few rooms (16 ports total) and 4 wifi APs serving a brace of domestic and work systems.  I've been meaning to tidy-up the patch cables and purchased replacements a while back but good intentions have not seen them magic their way out of the packaging.

 

Still rather envious of some of the setups seen on this forum but very happy with my Ubiquiti kit.

 

Regards from the UK.

 

 

 

An Englishman's Network

by on ‎11-10-2017 09:25 AM

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I have become a bit of an Ubiquiti fan but my network is modest when compared to those I see on here.  But here it is, half hidden by its location in the top of a cupboard.

 

IMG_2721.JPG

 

From the top of my 9U rack we have:

- 1U of Adam Hall RGB LED light / vent space

- EdgeRouter 8

- 1U vent

- EdgeSwitch 24 Lite

- Excel 24 patch-panel (straight through type)

- 4U vent covering Synology NAS and EdgeRouter Lite 3 (cold spare)

 

Adding a rack light has been a godsend as the cupboard is otherwise unlit.  The light offers a choice of colours, for reasons that escape me... such as the blood red look:

 

IMG_2733.JPG

 

As is the way with married life the network cupboad is (apparently) the wife's handbag store:

 

IMG_2741.JPG

 

The network has wired ethernet to a few rooms (16 ports total) and 4 wifi APs serving a brace of domestic and work systems.  I've been meaning to tidy-up the patch cables and purchased replacements a while back but good intentions have not seen them magic their way out of the packaging.

 

Still rather envious of some of the setups seen on this forum but very happy with my Ubiquiti kit.

 

Regards from the UK.

 

 

 

Comments
by Ubiquiti Employee
on ‎11-10-2017 09:26 AM

Nice setup! Any plans for expansion?

by
on ‎11-10-2017 11:01 AM

I like your right-angled patch cables - nice touch! I have not seen then before, but they look like a good solution for equipment with Ethernet ports spaced slightly wider apart. 

by
on ‎11-10-2017 11:07 AM

My Airport Extremes (acting as APs) will be changed out at some point for Ubiquiti APs, but I'm in no hurry as the Apple kit is refreshingly rock-solid.  Adding IP cameras is probably my next move.  

 

I'd also like to swap the ER-8 for an ER-4 or 6 as the lower power/heat and zero fans is appealing.

 

Of course, if you were talking about expanding the handbag collection....

 

 

by
on ‎11-10-2017 12:35 PM

alex_cambui wrote:

 

I like your right-angled patch cables - nice touch! 


Good spot.  I've been meaning to reconfigure the ER-8 to use the ports on the right-hand side for WAN/LAN to shorten the cable run, along with shortening the cable itself.

Thumbsup

by
on ‎12-17-2017 07:47 PM

What rack are you using? I've got a closet just wider than my 19" equiment and your rack looks like it might just fit!

by
on ‎01-09-2018 12:13 AM

nice clean setup

by
on ‎01-15-2018 12:01 AM

@sjwilliams The rack is just a collection of parts from a UK company called All Metal Parts.  I just picked the chassis height and depth for the limited space I had available and then added the vented blanks as required.  Depth was critical for me as the cupboard space has a 45deg angle on the right hand side.