This has no bearing on Warhammer, so stop reading now. Unless of course you want to find out, how I spent my weekend.
It was spent in my loft, laying down satellite, TV aerial and data cables for it’s impending conversion to a living space. I will be honest, I have seriously gone over the top with my need to future proof the space. Each wall point has 4 cat6 cables going to it, so I can plug in 4 network devices, without the faintest hint of a hub. As you have probably already assumed, I am not a great fan of wireless communications and just setting up a wireless bridge puts me into a sulk.
So the 25m squared loft has 3 groupings laid out, with the bandwidth to each grouping in theory being up to 4 Gbits. At the moment I am unsure what could possibly use to suck up that much bandwidth, but I am sure something will come along. I kind of figured on each point being able to take a Xbox/PS3, a TV, a media tank and an IP phone(A PBX will be used). Yes yes I know an IP phone is really overkill for the home, but if you are going to be a bear, then be a grizzly.
Question? Do new houses and apartments come with the network built in, or do they expect you to fit wireless?
On the satellite/TV side, I ran 8 satellite cables (WF100) down from the roof space, 2 double cable groupings (Sky HD * 2) and 4 single satellite cable (Freesat/Sky). With the TV aerial I used satellite cable for that as well, so each of the TV/satellite face-plates has 2 satellite cables behind them, you know, just in case I wish to convert over to dual satellite in. I have no intention of running that much kit, but I might as well just drop it in to all the points anyway.
I also ran a satellite and TV aerial cable to the patch panel/managed switch area, so I could feed them into a TV and/or satellite pci card. This would give me the option to spread that data over the network.
I needed to run 2 cat6 cables from the loft area into the first floor so I could connect the 2 floors together in the same wired network. This was significantly more time consuming, due to having to cut out a channel in the plaster/render deep enough to sink the 2 cables and cable sheath, and also sink a double network point box into the wall, so it doesn’t protrude beyond the plaster. I do hate having boxing mounted on the wall. It certainly helped having a quality drill and masonry bits for this job.
So all in all a good weekend, though still a shed load of work to do. Like setting a PBX box to turn the phone lines going into the loft from analogue to digital and vice versa. I have an old Shuttle PC which will be ideal for this job, since my understanding is, it’s not a taxing role from a CPU viewpoint. So that’s going to be an interesting project. Oh yes.
So far I am reasonably confident I have covered all the bases. I appreciate that this isn’t what people want to read about when they visit, but at the moment it’s taking up a fair chunk of my time, so I think it’s better to say something than to just run silent for a while.
Warhammer – So even though I had a great Thursday night last week, leveling Modhran (The White Lion) from 8 to 11 and clearing down a huge amount of rested xp, I blew that progress through not getting on over the weekend. Well it’s not blown, it’s just I didn’t maintain that momentum over the weekend, which is a shame.
I am sure I haven’t been forgotten by my guild, though they do say I take the casual in casual play to extremes. But you know these cables don’t lay themselves.