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New Unifi Network and Internet Upgrade
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This is my first post on Ubiquitis Community Form. The photos below are documenting the change from our old Internet and network to out new Internet and 10G network. We are a small Melbourne, Australia based Media and training community organisation. Our old Internet connection was an EFM 10/10 that wasnt sutable for our needs and hasnt being for a long time, we were using a Sophos router and 2 Cisco gigabit Switches that no longer could handle the traffic to our 30+ iMacs used for video editing. You may notice tape holding in an ethernet cable in the photos below, the tape was literally holding our internet together, I riped the RJ45 port of the board when removing the box out of our wall rack and had to tape it down so we could still use it while our new Internet was being installed. Sorry for the crappy quality of the photos they were taken on my phones camera while i did the install but hope they are able to show it. IMG_20181023_073642.jpgOld network setup

IMG_20181023_073625.jpgOld network setup

 

IMG_20181114_071621.jpgOld Internet

Our new Internet connection is a dedicated Fiber connection giving us 1000/1000. This is much more acceptable for 30+ people and uploading and downloading videos for our clients. On our old EFM 10/10 on a busy day it could take 20+ minutes to download a 3mb mp3. now we can upload 3gb files in seconds. Best part no more complaints on a daily basis from the staff saying our Internet sucks. Best part is that staff in the office have stopped complaining about the Internet. 

IMG_20181114_071637.jpgNew Fiber Internet setup

 Here are some photos of the Unifi gear we got for our new network. We used Ubiquiti switches, fiber cables and fiber modules to connect all out networking gear together.

IMG_20181122_075723.jpgSome of the Unifi gear


IMG_20181123_174123.jpgSome of the Unifi gear with 1 of 2 new Qnap servers

Below is 20 of our 32 new WD Red 8TB hard drives to go in our new 2 Qnap 16 drive servers. We also have 2 Samsung SSDs to act as a cache for the servers so we can get the most out of them. Our new servers we get about 100TB for each server and have 2 10G fiber connections between them, our old servers we had about 16TB of storage and were limited to quad gigabit. We have some video projects on our server that are over 1TB is size and 1 project that is over 8TB and counting stot in full hd and 4k. 

IMG_20181119_130355.jpg20 of our new WD Red hard drives

Here are some close up photos of the new switches with 1 of the new servers setting up and testing. IMG_20181123_075457.jpgClose up Unifi 48 port switch fiber to server testingIMG_20181122_154547.jpgUnifi Switch 16 XG with 2 Unifi 48 port SwitchIMG_20181122_154550.jpgUnifi Switch 16 XG with 2 Unifi 48 port Switch

 

 The images below show some of the cable mess. We had to install the 2nd wall rack to fit the new networking gear. My boss didnt want to take the time to remove and wire the patch panels up into the new wall rack so i just passed the cables through to 1 of the new Unifi switches. The fiber patch panel from our ISP and the Unifi 48 port switch are both too deep to fit in our old wall rack.

 

 

IMG_20181124_141735.jpgNetwork hardware switch in progress

 

IMG_20181124_174732.jpgNetwork hardware switch in progress

Here are some photos of the fiber connections running into the Unifi Switch 16 XG. The 4 colored fiber connections connect to the 2 48 port switches we have. The 4 green fiber connections connect to our servers. We have 2 SFP+ connections set aside for the 3rd switch we are planning to get once we have finished renovating the downstairs.IMG_20181124_165205.jpgUnifi Switch 16 XG with 4 10G Fiber connections to 48 port switchIMG_20181124_165209.jpgUnifi Switch 16 XG with 4 10G Fiber connections to 2 of our Qnap Servers

 

IMG_20181215_143108.jpgUnifi Switch 16 XG

Below are 2 images that show the server rack, the first image was a temp setup before i had put in the 2 UPS units, 1 for each server and was able to tidy up the cable runs. The 4 green SFP+ cables connect to the servers and the 4 colored SFP+ cables connect the switches together. The 2nd image shows the rack once the UPS got installed and i was able to fix the cables. The only thing left to do is run a cat6a cable for the iMac Pro we just go to 1 of the 10G RJ45 network ports. This way we can use the full network speeds and hardware of the iMac Pro to its fullest.IMG_20181124_165147.jpgTemp server rack setupIMG_20181215_143057.jpgAlmost finished server rack

 The image below is our first Unifi Video G3 camera, we got lucky in timing because the new Unifi CloudKey Gen 2+ came out in time so we could buy this rather then the Unifi NVR that would have being overkill for our needs. The new CloudKey works well and is great for our network size.

IMG_20181218_112705.jpgThe first Unifi Video Camera G3

 The image below is a screenshot of the map in Unifi showing a basic diagram of how the network is set up. We have 2 10G fiber connections running between our 2 servers and our Unifi Switch 16 XG and the 2 48 port switches.

Capture.PNGBasic map of the network

This shows the speeds we are getting from our new fiber connection, the first image shows a speed test with me Dell XPS 15 9570 connected via a USB 3 ethernet adapter. The 2nd image shows the speed my laptop gets over WIFI connected to a Unifi AC Pro, my laptop used an Intel AC-8260 wireless adapter upgraded from the stock adapter Dell uses. The WIFI speed tests were not run under ideal circumstances it was done just to test the speeds.

UBNT 4.jpgConnected via Ethernet - Internet speedUBNT 5.jpgConnected via WIFI - Internet speed

The network upgrade isnt finished, we are currently renovating the downstairs of our building and plan to install a 3rd 48 port Unifi switch and 2 more Unifi AC Pro access points. The downstairs switch will be connected like the 2 48 port switches we already have via 10G SFP+ fiber cables. The only part of our network that isnt new is the patch panels and the cat5 ables in the walls however we plan to replace these cables once we have renovated downstairs.

 

I havnt got speed tests for our new network but the staff have stopped complaining about the Internet speeds as well as the speeds of large projects when working on them so i take this to be a good sign that the upgrade has worked out well.

 

Thanks for reading the story of our network and Internet upgrade. I hope this helps others.

New Unifi Network and Internet Upgrade

by 3 weeks ago

 

This is my first post on Ubiquitis Community Form. The photos below are documenting the change from our old Internet and network to out new Internet and 10G network. We are a small Melbourne, Australia based Media and training community organisation. Our old Internet connection was an EFM 10/10 that wasnt sutable for our needs and hasnt being for a long time, we were using a Sophos router and 2 Cisco gigabit Switches that no longer could handle the traffic to our 30+ iMacs used for video editing. You may notice tape holding in an ethernet cable in the photos below, the tape was literally holding our internet together, I riped the RJ45 port of the board when removing the box out of our wall rack and had to tape it down so we could still use it while our new Internet was being installed. Sorry for the crappy quality of the photos they were taken on my phones camera while i did the install but hope they are able to show it. IMG_20181023_073642.jpgOld network setup

IMG_20181023_073625.jpgOld network setup

 

IMG_20181114_071621.jpgOld Internet

Our new Internet connection is a dedicated Fiber connection giving us 1000/1000. This is much more acceptable for 30+ people and uploading and downloading videos for our clients. On our old EFM 10/10 on a busy day it could take 20+ minutes to download a 3mb mp3. now we can upload 3gb files in seconds. Best part no more complaints on a daily basis from the staff saying our Internet sucks. Best part is that staff in the office have stopped complaining about the Internet. 

IMG_20181114_071637.jpgNew Fiber Internet setup

 Here are some photos of the Unifi gear we got for our new network. We used Ubiquiti switches, fiber cables and fiber modules to connect all out networking gear together.

IMG_20181122_075723.jpgSome of the Unifi gear


IMG_20181123_174123.jpgSome of the Unifi gear with 1 of 2 new Qnap servers

Below is 20 of our 32 new WD Red 8TB hard drives to go in our new 2 Qnap 16 drive servers. We also have 2 Samsung SSDs to act as a cache for the servers so we can get the most out of them. Our new servers we get about 100TB for each server and have 2 10G fiber connections between them, our old servers we had about 16TB of storage and were limited to quad gigabit. We have some video projects on our server that are over 1TB is size and 1 project that is over 8TB and counting stot in full hd and 4k. 

IMG_20181119_130355.jpg20 of our new WD Red hard drives

Here are some close up photos of the new switches with 1 of the new servers setting up and testing. IMG_20181123_075457.jpgClose up Unifi 48 port switch fiber to server testingIMG_20181122_154547.jpgUnifi Switch 16 XG with 2 Unifi 48 port SwitchIMG_20181122_154550.jpgUnifi Switch 16 XG with 2 Unifi 48 port Switch

 

 The images below show some of the cable mess. We had to install the 2nd wall rack to fit the new networking gear. My boss didnt want to take the time to remove and wire the patch panels up into the new wall rack so i just passed the cables through to 1 of the new Unifi switches. The fiber patch panel from our ISP and the Unifi 48 port switch are both too deep to fit in our old wall rack.

 

 

IMG_20181124_141735.jpgNetwork hardware switch in progress

 

IMG_20181124_174732.jpgNetwork hardware switch in progress

Here are some photos of the fiber connections running into the Unifi Switch 16 XG. The 4 colored fiber connections connect to the 2 48 port switches we have. The 4 green fiber connections connect to our servers. We have 2 SFP+ connections set aside for the 3rd switch we are planning to get once we have finished renovating the downstairs.IMG_20181124_165205.jpgUnifi Switch 16 XG with 4 10G Fiber connections to 48 port switchIMG_20181124_165209.jpgUnifi Switch 16 XG with 4 10G Fiber connections to 2 of our Qnap Servers

 

IMG_20181215_143108.jpgUnifi Switch 16 XG

Below are 2 images that show the server rack, the first image was a temp setup before i had put in the 2 UPS units, 1 for each server and was able to tidy up the cable runs. The 4 green SFP+ cables connect to the servers and the 4 colored SFP+ cables connect the switches together. The 2nd image shows the rack once the UPS got installed and i was able to fix the cables. The only thing left to do is run a cat6a cable for the iMac Pro we just go to 1 of the 10G RJ45 network ports. This way we can use the full network speeds and hardware of the iMac Pro to its fullest.IMG_20181124_165147.jpgTemp server rack setupIMG_20181215_143057.jpgAlmost finished server rack

 The image below is our first Unifi Video G3 camera, we got lucky in timing because the new Unifi CloudKey Gen 2+ came out in time so we could buy this rather then the Unifi NVR that would have being overkill for our needs. The new CloudKey works well and is great for our network size.

IMG_20181218_112705.jpgThe first Unifi Video Camera G3

 The image below is a screenshot of the map in Unifi showing a basic diagram of how the network is set up. We have 2 10G fiber connections running between our 2 servers and our Unifi Switch 16 XG and the 2 48 port switches.

Capture.PNGBasic map of the network

This shows the speeds we are getting from our new fiber connection, the first image shows a speed test with me Dell XPS 15 9570 connected via a USB 3 ethernet adapter. The 2nd image shows the speed my laptop gets over WIFI connected to a Unifi AC Pro, my laptop used an Intel AC-8260 wireless adapter upgraded from the stock adapter Dell uses. The WIFI speed tests were not run under ideal circumstances it was done just to test the speeds.

UBNT 4.jpgConnected via Ethernet - Internet speedUBNT 5.jpgConnected via WIFI - Internet speed

The network upgrade isnt finished, we are currently renovating the downstairs of our building and plan to install a 3rd 48 port Unifi switch and 2 more Unifi AC Pro access points. The downstairs switch will be connected like the 2 48 port switches we already have via 10G SFP+ fiber cables. The only part of our network that isnt new is the patch panels and the cat5 ables in the walls however we plan to replace these cables once we have renovated downstairs.

 

I havnt got speed tests for our new network but the staff have stopped complaining about the Internet speeds as well as the speeds of large projects when working on them so i take this to be a good sign that the upgrade has worked out well.

 

Thanks for reading the story of our network and Internet upgrade. I hope this helps others.

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3 weeks ago

Very nice setup! Great job! Sounds like it was a fun project.