Home Networking, ZyXel, Pulling Network Cable, VoIP, ENGenious EAP600, PoE, DataShark 70025 Tester, Asus RT-AC66U, Plenum Cable – HT107

Home-Tech-Album-125x125_thumb1Jim (@jcollison) is joined this week by Kevin Schoonover (@schoondoggy1979), Greg Welch (@welchwerks) , Bill Paulmenn (@BillPaulmenn) and Renny Phipps (@rennyphipps) for Show 107!  Part II of a 4 Part Series on Home Networking.  How to do it, how not to and how to get it done with what you have!  Hope you enjoy this episode.  Part 3 will be next weekend (March 9th or 10th, watch twtter) with the guys from BYOB.

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Kevin Schoonover

Deployed ZyXel ZyWALL 20 firewall, upgrade from old NAT router
Deployed EnGenius EAP600 WAP-Concurrent Dual Radio
I have had great luck with Windows Homegroup
Belarc Advisor network audit and interface launcher
Pull a nylon twine with each cable run
Pull-zit http://www.lsdinc.com/content/product_details/60
If I were building a new house,,,,,,
Resource- http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/
Resource- http://community.spiceworks.com/
Resource- http://homeservershow.com/
Resource- http://www.practicallynetworked.com


Bill Paulmenn


Wireless Routers : AC Routers tested and installed into service – 3 Asus RT-AC66U Dual Band 802.11AC / with Forked open source firmware.  Detailed Links and Specs

Open source VPN built in
Free Dropbox like – DIY Cloud
Compete with my “SuperRouter”
Making custom network cables.
How to test your new cables (test hardware and functions) DataShark 70025 Tester
If you have to cross electrical lines do it at 90 degrees (old wives tale?)
How to run your network wires from your attic to your basement or other floors with metal chains!


Renny Phipps


General notes
Use DynDNS to provide consistent access to your network from the internet
Use Cat 6 for long runs (over say 15 Meters)
Avoid getting within 2 feet of electrical cabling if possible

To find the fastest DNS server for your area/connection try “Name Bench” https://code.google.com/p/namebench/ or “DNS Benchmark”


Use a UPS to keep your wireless network up during blackouts

Network Diagram is here


# short Videos here



Greg Welch

Network Hardware:
Netgear ProSafe 24-port Gigabit Smart Switch GS724Tv3
Supports Link Aggregation groups (LAG’s) and VLAN’s
Supermicro SuperServer 5015A-H    aka   (PFSENSE Router)
Added Intel dual port gigabit NIC with riser card
Netgear WNDRv2   (PFSENSE AP)
APC Smart-UPS 1500VA USB & Serial RM 2U 120V
Added APC AP9630 UPS Network Management Card

Completely Wireless:
After moving to a new house we are completely wireless for all workstations and tablets
All on 5 GHz N except as noted
2- Workstations ASUS ITX 3rd Gen I-5 (BYOB)
1- WorkStation Dell 2 – Dual Xeons 2.4 GHz N USB
1- IPAD 4th GEN   (prints to the laserjet)
2- Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 Windows 8
1- Kindle Fire 2.4Ghz N
1- Samsung 60 inch Series 7  LCD   2.4 GHz for its Netflix and Vudu etc.
1- XBOX 360  2.4 N
2- HTC 8X Windows Phones
1- HTPC Decommissioned for a little while, will be working on a redesign
1- HP LaserJet Pro 200 Color MFP M276nw