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rolande
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Re: FTTH Internet speed drop - started last month

You may also notice I even have a set top box Motorola VIP1200 mounted in my rack. That is my shared STB I use for my outside Patio TV and any of my kids rooms when they are sick in bed and have a TV in their room. It is plugged into the RG-6 coax and can be remotely controlled by iPad or iPhone. I can only get an analog signal at those jacks but it is better than renting more boxes that I would use pretty infrequently. I'm thinking about running an HDMI cable to my patio so I can get HD out there. Alternatively I have a CAT5 jack on the patio TV outlet that I can use an HDMI to ethernet converter on if I want to spend ~$180. I haven't figured out how much of a pain it will be to fish the cable yet. I didn't think about it at the time when the house was being built or I would have had one run at the time.
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doubleohwhat

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Birmingham, AL
Fishing an HDMI cable can be a pain in the arse due to the size of the connectors. I'd go with HDMI over ethernet. When I built my current house I knew that I wanted all of the AV equipment in a single location. So I ran a couple of extra cat6 lines to each room and I've been using these for HDMI over ethernet:
www.amazon.com/Etekcity®-Extender-Ethernet-Supports-resolutions/dp/B00D37N55E

I went with that particular device because it has the IR extender built in.

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reply to rolande
Btw, is there a reason for all the Cisco gear other than just wanting toys?

Half the crap in my rack is overkill or there just because I wanted to play with it. So I'm doing a complete overhaul this weekend to reduce the amount of hardware and overall power consumption (currently at 1,240 watts). I'm hoping to squeeze all of the new equipment and the old stuff I'm keeping into a 12U rack.


rolande
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Thanks for the link. I had looked at the ones at monoprice previously. I may have just enough access in the attic to run a cable to the patio, I just haven't investigated what the access looks like to the ceiling above the patio where the jack is located. I have fairly easy access from my wiring closet all the way to the outside wall of the patio, though.

As far as the Cisco gear goes, it is a little overkill, but since I run all the security stack on my router I wanted to have enough horsepower and bandwidth scalability as my connection grows and my family starts using it much more heavily. I want to replace the 3550 and the 3524 with a single 24port 10/100/1000 PoE switch if I can. Just haven't found one that meets my price point yet. The 3550 supports IGMP snooping and the 3524 is my PoE switch for my Access Point and phones etc. I also have spares for both, just in case. I have an AP1220-B for my wireless which supports a/b/g. I'm hoping to add a newer AP with support for n, soon. The second router is my 2620XM CallManager Express voice gateway. I have a few phones and an ATA that I play around with. The 3rd router is just a spare with a 32 port terminal server card. I just haven't hooked it up as a backdoor yet. I also have an APC MasterSwitch that allows me to do remote start power and I have an APC SmartUPS 1500 RM2U for my battery backup. I get about 20-30 minutes of uptime on it.

I have a ton more Cisco gear that I used for my CCIE lab rack, as well, but it is sitting around taking up space now. In the end it's all toys for me, but it all serves a good purpose for me.
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Netgear has been putting out some decent low/mid-range switches lately. Something like the GS728TP-100NAS would probably work well and can be had for $450.


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reply to doubleohwhat
said by doubleohwhat:

So I'm doing a complete overhaul this weekend to reduce the amount of hardware and overall power consumption (currently at 1,240 watts).

My rule of thumb is that AC power is about a dollar per watt per year.

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Sounds about right. My power bill is by far my largest bill each month.


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said by StillLearn:

My rule of thumb is that AC power is about a dollar per watt per year.

You've got somewhat expensive power rates. That would come out to around 10cents/kWH. I average around 7cents/kWH. A while back I pulled the specs on my equipment and added it up and I'm around $375/year on the nominal draw. Thankfully I'm not running servers at home anymore. I've contemplated building a rack mount host to run VMware ESX on for a decent FreeNAS box and to host a Linux box for some services. I will do it eventually, once I have enough of a need. Hopefully I can find or piece together a system that averages a low enough power draw to keep the cost reasonable but still has enough horsepower to perform reasonably well. I'd definitely include a RAID card and 3 of the largest 5400 RPM drives I could find, as well as a significant amount of memory.
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I would love to have your power rates. The lowest tier of power is 13-14 cents/kWH with PG&E. The rates ramp up significantly as usage increases and subsequent placement into higher tiers.