Description: The article below concentrates on the topic of frontier login, in which the author is going to show you his network setup. The author moved into a new house and had FIOS, so he decided to put all of his network stuff in a rack.
I’m going to show you my network setup, we’re in the garage, the water heater is sitting there, there’s a hole behind the wall, let’s investigate what’s in here, there is a nice fan, look at that, it’s tall enough in the air, I can stand up completely.
Let’s start with where the internet comes in, that black cable comes in, that’s our fiber optic connection, that comes out of this box, most people have two separate boxes, one is for the ONT, another separate box has a battery backup type of system.
This is an all-in-one deal, so there’s no box on the outside of the house, it’s fiber all the way in, this little box spits out two wires, these two cables are power cables, the yellow is gigabit ethernet, the white one is the coax, coax handles the digital television.
It also has the internet access on it, for most situations I’ve switched mine over to use the Ethernet, let’s follow that white coax to the splitter, you’ll notice that this is the only cable setup, that’s not nicely done like the cables over here, because most of this is going to go away.
We go to our normal coax three-way splitter, this one goes off to television in living room, these two split and come up here, I’ve got a little shelf here, on the left side this is an HD home run prime, this is a digital cable tuner, I have a cable card there.
The coax goes in, this gives me distributed cable tuner from anywhere in the house, I have three tuners, I can sit on my computer and watch TV, it also has DVR functionality, recording and all that good stuff, I can watch three different programs at once.
The other side of the coax goes into the router that you would use if you had frontier FiOS, but in my case all this is being used for an Ethernet bridge, it bridges Internet access to the coax which is backwards setup from what most people have.
It lets our TV get access to the guide and on-demand TV, both of these have the net connections, they go up to this box, this box is the main switch, it’s a 24-port gigabit switch which is very awesome to have, everything here is rack mounted.
I took a normal full-size rack which is about 7-feet, I cut off the top couple of feet, so it barely fits in here, this is about 36, whereas normally it’s a 42 view, this box down here is the power conditioner, it is the same thing as a surge protector.
But all of the ports are on the back, this is the actual real router that we use, that router is a regular one, like a Buffalo router or gigabit router, we use the Wi-Fi on it, but that will probably be replaced eventually, this yellow wire is coming in.
The yellow wire is from the fiber, the yellow wire is coming out, it goes to the main switch, we don’t use any other ports on that main router, the switch connects all of the devices to one switch which is very nice, we don’t have a switch in each room or behind cabinets.
Each room has a wall plate, that wall plate has a bunch of ethernet jacks, above that is a power over ethernet mid span, this is like a POA injector, but it does 12 ports with one box rather than having 12 separate power adapters and 12 separate injectors.
I don’t have light fixtures in here, I’m using this stick light, you can see all of these cables coming out of a wall, this bundle of four cables goes straight upstairs all the way to the attic, from there they are distributed out to the bedrooms, they are support connectors.
It looks like a happy man, down here is a very angry disturbed man, he is currently throwing up a coax cable and all those cables, the bottom ones go to the living room that’s the only place that they’re going now, I’m going to add some additional ones.
This goes in the crawl space under the house, from there it gets distributed out, all of these cables come in following the cables, they all go to this little rackmount, it’s called a patch panel, I can show you what it looks like from the back.
It lets us have all these Ethernet cables, this little connector is here, you take all of the wires out of the Ethernet wire to a port, from there you’ve got a regular Ethernet jack, you can plug it in, this goes to your mid span, some of these are not hooked up at the moment, they’re there as placeholder.
The first five goes to the living room, the last four goes to the bedroom, nothing is on the mid-span, the reason I got the mid-span is that I already have a bunch of security cameras that use power over ethernet, I will use those, it’s much easier, that’s my setup, thank you.