02/19/2019
Starting my UniFI home network
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Location
Richmond Hill, ON, Canada
Description

Hello everyone,

 

Sharing my home set up as I start revamping my network.  I tried to re-use what I had before, and blend with my office layout.  So, I started with the most basic "starter kit".  A couple of APs for the main and upper floor + a security gateway for firewall/router/vLANs.

 

I was planning to get the google mesh wifi, but I wanted to tinker around and hopefully learn a few things along the way.  Decided to go with the unifi collection.

 

Here's some pictures of my before and after.

 

Before - Mix bag of netgear router, ISP router, 8 port switch, 4 port switch, a bunch of NAS.  First ubiquiti to join the mess - 1 UAP-AC-PRO:

 

20190118_201701.jpg

 

I already had a wall with shelves - I decided to expand the shelving area and have my all my networking gear in one place as before, but more orderly.  Started looking at some rack, but they were too deep for my needs - shelf was only 11.5 inch deep.

 

Looked at vertical mounted racks - would definitely fit the depth I'm looking for, BUT ended up with a DIY with rack rails - $30 vs $120+.  At this point, I'm in unchartered waters, decided to approach it as a proof of concept.

 

Planning stages - using visio to see what it might look like:

 

 

Planning.JPG

 

Started sourcing for material to build my "diy rack".  Decided that 6U would be more than enough to get me started.  Got my rack rails in, cut a few pieces from shelving material.  Crossing my fingers that it would work as I imagine it.

 

1. 6U Rack rails + 24 bolts

2. Ikea shelving ( matching what I already had there )

3. Keystone patch panel + 25 keystone coupler

4. Got a refurbished Tp-link 24 port unmanaged switch for $70 - I will be using the POE injectors for now

 

 

20190201_180721.jpgRack Rails mounted on Ikea shelf

 

20190201_180650.jpgDebating if this is going to be a good idea - dang it

 

20190201_180821.jpgHmm - let's keep going

Got a new Synolody DS918+ (2x4GB+2x10GB) to replace my aging 3xDNS323 and 1xDNS 320 - so far, very satisfied with this new NAS.  I also got a 1U cable management, but was overkill - made more of a mess than anything else - used it in a different way - see below

Also got a small UPS from APC 6+2.  At a minimum, it will protect my NAS drives, we do get brown-outs during summer.

 

20190203_162426.jpgTweaked planned layout

 

20190203_162438.jpgShot of the 1U cable management - overkill for my need, but add to the structure rigidity

 

20190203_162417.jpgDecided to mount my old router on the sideInstalled the unifi controller on a unifi docker on the DS918 - love it.  Not sure if I would need a key in the future, for now, fits my needs.

 

Using the unifi controller with no USG is pretty useless - there's nothing to see or manage - Decided to get the USG now, as I am planning my home automation next; and wanted to make use of vLAN

 

 

20190212_114634.jpg

 

Was planning to get one of these adapters to rack mount the USG, but decided to mount it on the side instead - Looks pretty good

 

 

20190219_021304.jpgSide mount - aligning WAN to patch panel, and LAN to Switch

 

Bought a hinged 2U door and decided to have the cable management 1U above the patch panel.  The 2U door provides a way for me to access the cables, power, while closing up this gap - I think it looks better this way.

 

20190212_193012.jpg

 

Thanks for sticking around - hopefully, it is not an overly long thread - here are some final shots of the final set up

 

1. Re-locate UPS to the side

2. Bring in a power bar

3. Move old NAS on the top shelf

4. Some cable management work 

 

 

20190219_021256.jpgFinal set up

 

20190219_021438.jpgBetter view of the 6in and 12in cables

 

20190219_021403.jpgInjectors fit inside the 1U cable management - BONUS

 

20190219_021314.jpgAnother shot of the 6in and 12in and the cable management cover

 

20190219_021332.jpgQuick peek behind the 2U hinged door

Almost per the visio plans - and my diy rack is actually not fixed - I can pull it out if needed - it just lay on the shelf, sandwiched between the bottom and top shelf.

 

 

20190219_030522.jpgFinal layout

Shoutouts to folks who have helped me plan this - their videos were inspirational:

 

1. Crosstalks Solutions on youtube

2. FibeNinja

3. Willie Howe

 

Starting my UniFI home network

by on ‎02-19-2019 12:53 AM - last edited a month ago

Hello everyone,

 

Sharing my home set up as I start revamping my network.  I tried to re-use what I had before, and blend with my office layout.  So, I started with the most basic "starter kit".  A couple of APs for the main and upper floor + a security gateway for firewall/router/vLANs.

 

I was planning to get the google mesh wifi, but I wanted to tinker around and hopefully learn a few things along the way.  Decided to go with the unifi collection.

 

Here's some pictures of my before and after.

 

Before - Mix bag of netgear router, ISP router, 8 port switch, 4 port switch, a bunch of NAS.  First ubiquiti to join the mess - 1 UAP-AC-PRO:

 

20190118_201701.jpg

 

I already had a wall with shelves - I decided to expand the shelving area and have my all my networking gear in one place as before, but more orderly.  Started looking at some rack, but they were too deep for my needs - shelf was only 11.5 inch deep.

 

Looked at vertical mounted racks - would definitely fit the depth I'm looking for, BUT ended up with a DIY with rack rails - $30 vs $120+.  At this point, I'm in unchartered waters, decided to approach it as a proof of concept.

 

Planning stages - using visio to see what it might look like:

 

 

Planning.JPG

 

Started sourcing for material to build my "diy rack".  Decided that 6U would be more than enough to get me started.  Got my rack rails in, cut a few pieces from shelving material.  Crossing my fingers that it would work as I imagine it.

 

1. 6U Rack rails + 24 bolts

2. Ikea shelving ( matching what I already had there )

3. Keystone patch panel + 25 keystone coupler

4. Got a refurbished Tp-link 24 port unmanaged switch for $70 - I will be using the POE injectors for now

 

 

20190201_180721.jpgRack Rails mounted on Ikea shelf

 

20190201_180650.jpgDebating if this is going to be a good idea - dang it

 

20190201_180821.jpgHmm - let's keep going

Got a new Synolody DS918+ (2x4GB+2x10GB) to replace my aging 3xDNS323 and 1xDNS 320 - so far, very satisfied with this new NAS.  I also got a 1U cable management, but was overkill - made more of a mess than anything else - used it in a different way - see below

Also got a small UPS from APC 6+2.  At a minimum, it will protect my NAS drives, we do get brown-outs during summer.

 

20190203_162426.jpgTweaked planned layout

 

20190203_162438.jpgShot of the 1U cable management - overkill for my need, but add to the structure rigidity

 

20190203_162417.jpgDecided to mount my old router on the sideInstalled the unifi controller on a unifi docker on the DS918 - love it.  Not sure if I would need a key in the future, for now, fits my needs.

 

Using the unifi controller with no USG is pretty useless - there's nothing to see or manage - Decided to get the USG now, as I am planning my home automation next; and wanted to make use of vLAN

 

 

20190212_114634.jpg

 

Was planning to get one of these adapters to rack mount the USG, but decided to mount it on the side instead - Looks pretty good

 

 

20190219_021304.jpgSide mount - aligning WAN to patch panel, and LAN to Switch

 

Bought a hinged 2U door and decided to have the cable management 1U above the patch panel.  The 2U door provides a way for me to access the cables, power, while closing up this gap - I think it looks better this way.

 

20190212_193012.jpg

 

Thanks for sticking around - hopefully, it is not an overly long thread - here are some final shots of the final set up

 

1. Re-locate UPS to the side

2. Bring in a power bar

3. Move old NAS on the top shelf

4. Some cable management work 

 

 

20190219_021256.jpgFinal set up

 

20190219_021438.jpgBetter view of the 6in and 12in cables

 

20190219_021403.jpgInjectors fit inside the 1U cable management - BONUS

 

20190219_021314.jpgAnother shot of the 6in and 12in and the cable management cover

 

20190219_021332.jpgQuick peek behind the 2U hinged door

Almost per the visio plans - and my diy rack is actually not fixed - I can pull it out if needed - it just lay on the shelf, sandwiched between the bottom and top shelf.

 

 

20190219_030522.jpgFinal layout

Shoutouts to folks who have helped me plan this - their videos were inspirational:

 

1. Crosstalks Solutions on youtube

2. FibeNinja

3. Willie Howe

 

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Comments
by
a month ago

hey i live in an NYC apt. so you know there is no space 

love how you convert that shelf to a rack can you share a parts list

want to do somthing like yours but upsidedown from the ceiling 

by
a month ago - last edited a month ago

Here's my setup - I had to source the material from canadian sites ( not always the lowest prices and options.  in the US you may have better options/prices.  Hope this helps get you started

 

For my set up - I continued addting to my existing wall of shelves in the office:

https://www.ikea.com/ca/en/catalog/products/S49903639/

 

 

Then I purchased these rails - do a search on 6U rack rails - there re other option on the US site.

https://www.amazon.ca/Reliable-Hardware-Company-RH-6-SRR-Pair/dp/B00JQYUI7G/ref=pd_cart_rp_1_2/139-5...

 

-- Optionally, you can get something like this if you are not restrained to shelving style and not looking for boxed style or deep racks - these can be mounted under a table or under a shelf, wall or ceiling - just make sure you anchor those properly ( ideally on studs or thrust )

https://www.amazon.com/19-Inch-Steel-Vertical-Mountable-Server/dp/B001YHUX2I/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=...

 

I got the following 2U hinged blank panel so that I can access my patch panel from the top

https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B00MOENS36/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s01?ie=UTF8&th=1

 

My patch panel a 24 port keystone style from monoprice

https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B005E2YCNA/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

 

 

For the switch, router/security gateway and access point - I'm assuming you're getting all unifi gear.  I love my unifi gear - will defintiely purchase additonal APs and switches as I expand