The idea for this website began to take shape months after I finished building out my home network in my family’s new home. When my family viewed similar houses in our development that were not yet occupied, I noticed that the builder centralized the Ethernet/coax cabling in the basement under the stairwell. At the time I thought it was nice that the cabling was centralized in a location that was hidden from the main living area. Some builders in our development ran the cabling to a panel in the garage, which is not a great location if you wish to install network equipment especially since the garages are not climate controlled.
After a while I came to the realization that I had the opportunity to build out my home network by choosing the location of the Ethernet cabling throughout my home and by centralizing my home network gear in the closet under the stairwell in my basement. Enthralled with the idea of having my own basement network/server closet, I began the several month pursuit of researching and designing my future home network. Many hours were spent learning about various technologies and many hours were spent troubleshooting the configuration and installation of the devices once I had purchased them.
Often in my research, I would find myself piecing together information from several blogs, forums and various other sites. Although I understand that it not always possible to find precisely the information one is seeking for very specific use cases, I still longed for more information to exist about certain use cases. The information I found seemed tailored either for novice home networking users or for enterprise users. I was seeking for information that went beyond the basics yet was not overly complex or expensive for a more advanced home network. I wanted practical information for intermediate to advanced home network users.
With the desire for more advanced information to be available, I decided to share my experience in a (hopefully) user-friendly format for more advanced users. I feel convinced that I am not the only one interested in building an advanced home network. Even if this site does not contain any useful information to you, perhaps it will provide some needed inspiration to build out your own home network. I hope this site can help reduce your implementation and troubleshooting time by providing guidance in configuration and pitfalls that I have personally encountered in my journey to build a nice home network.
As with any learning adventure, I still have much to learn, but I hope we can learn together! Please feel free to share constructive feedback and please help me correct any mistakes that may exist on this site. I am striving to provide accurate and useful information. I greatly appreciate your feedback and support!
My home network rack