Home Network Setup

Home Network Setup

So some folks have been asking what my home network consists of, simply because it is not your ordinary setup. When we had our house built, I had some ethernet cables wired throughout the house to each room for some hardline connections. Wireless is nice but I really enjoy the speeds of a 1Gbps network.

My setup consists of the following:

  • Dell PowerEdge R610
  • Dell PowerEdge R710
  • Dell PowerVault MD3000
  • Linksys SGE2010P 48-Port Gigabit Managed Switch with PoE
  • TP-Link 24-Port Gigabit Unmanaged Switch (not pictured)
  • HP WorkStation Z400 (not pictured)
  • AT&T BGW320 WiFi 6 Fiber Modem/Router (not pictured)
  • ASUS RT-AC68U WiFi Router (not pictured) - Used as Access Point

With AT&T Fiber in our home, we want to ensure that everything is running fast and with no issues. Each device has it's own purpose and also have some sort of redundancy in place.

The HP WorkStation acts as our main router of our network and is running pfSense. This is connected directly to the AT&T BGW320 with public IP address passthrough for the WAN port. Additionally, a WAN group is setup on pfSense with a WiFi card so that in the event of an AT&T Fiber outage it can failover to using our AT&T mobile hotspots. Always have to have some sort of internet !!

The Linksys SGE2010P is the main switch for this network. It also runs with dual network links to the other TP-Link switch just in case one line goes dead. In the future, this will be used for PoE devices such as VoIP phones for other home lab projects.

We utilize a massive network storage which is shared through our family. That is where the Dell PowerEdge R710 and the Dell PowerVault MD3000 come in. The R710 is running TrueNas with 6x 1TiB drives in a RAID 6 configuration. The MD3000 has 15x 300GiB 15k drives, 12 in a RAID 6 configuration and 3 as hot spare drives. This gives us about 5.41 TiB in our storage array.

Finally, the Dell PowerEdge R610 runs various VMs. With 96 GiB of RAM and 12 CPU cores, this machine is able to handle loads of various testing and other development projects.

With loads more space in our 42U server rack, I am sure there will be new additions to this setup in the coming years!