Originally Posted by jim2100
Actually, pfSense is FreeBSD based, not linux.
I stand corrected. I saw something about Linux on the pfSense website and assumed it was a Linux distro. FreeBSD is Unix-based, if I'm not mistaken. The commands are basically the same, which is why I thought it was a Linux program.
Originally Posted by bryansj
I didn't think mine was too complex until I starting documenting all the parts. About the only non-typical items are the Obi free VoIP, IP cam, and the IR lighting control. At least most of the stuff is now in a closet instead of taking over my AV stand.
I've got mine setup where I have wall plates in every room that house at least one phone jack, RJ-45 jack, and two coax cable connections. I used to have DirecTV so I ran dual coax hookups to use a dual-tuner DirecTivo in every room. Now I only use a single coax for FIOS, but some rooms have multiple ethernet jacks for PC connections, extenders, gaming consoles, or whatever needs to connect to the network. I've got multiple cables run to each room so I can easily reconfigure the wall plate by popping out the keystone jacks and inserting the ones I need. The unused cables just reside in the wall where they can be easily accessed.
I've numbered all of the CAT6 cables to correspond to the jack they're connected to on a 24-port patch panel that's mounted above the 24-port switch. I use 1.5-foot CAT6 jumpers to go from the patch panel to the switch, although some items, like the routers, connect directly to the switch. I've got a small wiring closet on the 2nd floor (it's actually a large cavity behind the wall used as the return air duct) with another 16-port patch panel that allows me to redirect cables coming from the main switch to whatever bedroom I like. I have eight cables running up from the basement to the patch panel on one side and eight cables coming from the four bedrooms that get connected to the other side of the patch panel with jumpers in between. I put in an auxiliary patch panel with extra ethernet cables that had been run to my son's bedroom when he had multiple devices being networked. I just redirected the jumpers from the input side of the main patch panel to the auxiliary patch panel.Edited by captain_video - 1/23/13 at 11:53am