My Home Network

A prerequisite of working in IT is the need for an overcomplex home network setup. With that in mind, i thought i'd share some details of mine. I'm a big fan of media. Pictures, videos, films, TV series. The media streaming ability of my network is its biggest advantage.

I use the endpoints in both my living room and bedroom to stream media from the Twonky media server installed on the Western Digital 4Tb NAS. The Twonky server and both the Xbox and PS3 endpoints use DLNA for this.

My IP camera uploads images to the WD NAS upon motion detection and keeps a watchful eye over my garden shed. Alerts are also sent remotely to my WP7 handheld device for when i'm not at home.

The DDWRT firmware on my Linksys router allows IPSEC VPN setup and dynamic DNS updates for easy and secure remote access.

10 comments:

  1. That's a pretty cool home network setup you have there. Yes, there is an easy way of connecting it. But as you've said, you need to know the complicated stuff if you're working in the IT field. What's the custom firmware you're using for your router, by the way?

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  2. What a fantastic setup! And, what a huge energy bill he must have. Ouch.
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  3. Hi Vincent, the firmware i use is DD-WRT.
    http://www.dd-wrt.com/site/index

    @Venugopal, energy bills are actually not that bad, i also utilize some "Bye Bye Standby" devices on all my games consoles, so once my TV is switched off, all the devices are cut off at the socket. Nothing is ever on standby. Also, my NAS drive uses inactivity disk spindown, so that conserves a bit of energy too.

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  4. Dave,

    Did you have to open specific ports to have Lync work on your behind your DD-WRT? I upgraded my WRT54GS from stock and never had drops before and now I have my client fail occasionally.

    Thanks!

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