A cabling rework in the works

My LAN cables are a mess.  I need a four-post 19-inch server rack but that’s not happening any time soon.  But I still need to take some zip ties and re-do my cabling.  Here’s the logical network diagram:

the LAN

the LAN

The gray dotted partition line running vertically separates the diagram into the Dining Room (left half) and my bedroom (right half).  The two cables (1x CAT-6 backbone vertical connection and 1x CAT-5e server horizontal connection) run under the floorboards strung along on the old ceramic cable guides left over from the original house AC that’s long been replaced by still old but not as old AC.

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  1. #1 by Phillip on June 1, 2010 - 3:33 PM

    I was actually thinking of switching everything here to a wired network, mainly so we could have a central DVR/server and be able to watch everything that’s recorded on every TV in the house. Hi-Def stuff is kind of needy on bandwidth, and given that there’re..2..3.1..6 Hi-Def TVs here I’d have to run some CAT-6.

    • #2 by Joshua on June 1, 2010 - 3:41 PM

      Well, I don’t have DVR and I only have one TV (it’s a 36 inch CRT from the early ’90s) so I’m not all that worried about A/V type stuff – just TCP/IP networking.

      • #3 by Phillip on June 1, 2010 - 5:02 PM

        Same principle really, at each TV I’m going to have a small PC capable of 1080p. If it’s an AppleTV with XBMC, or an Asus EEE Desktop, or maybe even a GoogleTV, it all relies on TCP/IP. It’s just instead of networking computers for internet sharing, or printer sharing, or gaming, or any multitude of other things, it’s just for file sharing and streaming.

        • #4 by Joshua on June 1, 2010 - 5:50 PM

          Ah gotcha. Streaming is tricky stuff – buffers are your friend and worst nightmare at the same time. I’ve done projects for streaming OGG/Vorbis audio over UDP and it’s very frustrating because there are so many variables – speed of sender vs. receiver, speed of link, link switching, peer-to-peer vs. client-server, etc. It’s a nightmare trying to design an extensible UDP-based octet streaming protocol from scratch.

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