a fresh backbone for my home network
Putting money into switches and stuff will be down on the list of a lot of people, I guess. In my case, I’ve been planning to buy some proper gear for ages, but everytime when I could’ve invested in a fresh switch, I thought of something else I could buy with that same money, something which gave me some extra possibilities or something to play with. Anyway, when I found out last week that this 3Com 8-port-gigabit-switch had come down in price, I thought it was the proper time to buy it. Alongside, to have enough ports, I bought this 8-port 10/100mbit switch for all the gear that needs to be connected but not necessarily on gigabit. A little while ago, I already bought this 54Mbit access point cheap (it’s been discontinued), so now it’s a nice 3Com OfficeConnect threesome.
Look, it’s a christmas-tree!
But wait a minute… OfficeConnect? Hardware for wiring up some office? That’s for freakin’ amateurs! Whatever happened to Enterprise-class stuff?!?! *^_^*
Well, of course, guys like me die for enterprise-class hardware… but well, manageable gigabit 19” switches still cost a fortune, so that simply has to wait. I did consider buying a 19” switch out of the 4400-range but really, would it make sense? I don’t think so. I really want to experiment with gigabit in combination with my encrypted fileserver, to see if I can crank some more performance out of it and doubts arose if the network has been a bottleneck…
First quick-and-dirty tests show that at least on the decoding (reading from the fileserver) side there was a bottleneck. The reading now goes around 15MB/sec and writing around 8.5MB/sec.
But then I tried to write to my Windows-media-center (from my workstation, so without the fileserver) and writing on there (even when the switch tells me both are connected through gigabit) only gives me around 9MB/sec … aaaah, wait… I guess that machine can use a reboot… *^_^*
...and some other news... Elsie is back up again! Last weekend she stopped working and I really needed to take a look at that. Well I did, checked everything, replaced a SCSI-cable and tada!
You can find this wonderful 33MHz webserver right here... She’s in the closet with the rest of the stuff (the fileserver, the dual-bridge, the new switches)
So, now it’s time to get to grips with this Cisco 2610 I have and integrate that in my closet as well…
We’re getting there…
(although I really don’t have a clue where ‘there’ is…)As mentioned in the Message from Mark's family this site has been made static. This means that it will be no longer possible to comment on his ideas and projects, but that we all can continue to cherish his creativity.