Sunday, September 15, 2019

Moving everything from the old tower to the new case was a lot of work and then there was the cabling, which is not super neat still but I'm exhausted and I can't be bother fixing it. (A big thank you to my girlfriend for helping me!)

If someone was wondering, that's my pantry/laundry room/sever room. LOL.

Utilitarian is the name of the game, man.

We have Unifi gear as firewall -USG Pro (*)- and for the WiFi access points -2x AP-AC-LR-, plus PoE switch - US-8-60.

The main Internet connection is a vDSL 50/20, we are using a FritzBox 7590 as DSL modem. You can't see the FritzBox because it's downstairs, near the RJ11 wall socket.

On top of the LarkRack you can see a TP-Link Archer MR200 which is our 4G backup.

I'm pretty happy so far of the way it turned out. Next step, I think, it'll be change the two Netgear GS108T around the apartment with a couple of Unifi US-8. We'll see. :)

Some more pictures:

Anton KVM Hypervisor - Plex Server running in a virtual machine.

FreeNAS iSCSI storage.

USG Pro and US-8-60.

TPLink Archer MR200

Eaton Ellipse ECO 800

(*) We use to have a USG but I like to use IPS and DPI, and Smart Queues. The USG could not handle it and it was a bottleneck for our meager 50Mbit/s vDSL, so we had to upgrade to USG Pro.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Monday, September 9, 2019

Lack Rack

This is the first picture of my Rack Project. The idea to put the Lacks I bought from Ikea in this fashion comes from So, kudos to to RS.

The idea itself to use Lack coffee tables from Ikea comes from an ex coworker of mine. Marco. Kudos to MS too! 
For now, there is just a 24 ports, 1U, Cat 6 Ethernet patch strip bought on Amazon for 29 euros. Build quality is on the el cheapo side of things, but it's cheap, so... :)

The coming weekend I hope to be able to move my gear in it. I bought a Inter-Tech IPC 4U-4088-S rack case for my server to go with the new rack. Build quality is robust but it's not very well refined. I'm coming from a Corsair Carbide 330R and the difference is palpable. Still, for the 76 euros I spent it's good enough and I need the extra space. I plan infact to add another 7 drives in the future. I mean, I'm going to add 3 drives to the 5 that are in the server right now, then, in the future, buy a backplane like this one and add another another 4 disks.

In order to do that I had to buy an HBA. My server's motherboard Asrock E3C226D2I has 6 SATA ports, and I obviously needed more than that. :)

It was a long process but in the end I found a BROADCOM SAS 9207-8I for a 109 euros new and I went for it.

There is more :), I'm using 4 disks in a Microserver Gen8 via iSCSI multipath right now and the E3C226D2I has only 2 Ethernet ports and 1 PCIe slot. I don't like the idea to go back to singlepath, so I think I'm going to do something a bit crazy and use a USB3-to-Ethernet network card. We'll see how it goes. LOL.

It's all for now. Bye bye then.

Moving everything from the old tower to the new case was a lot of work and then there was the cabling, which is not super neat still but I...