I thought I’d post about the current status of the networking rack in the coworking space, along with the current plans to provide dropdown network connectivity in the event space.
The new rack in the coworking space is designed to consolidate most of the core networking architecture in one area, whilst remaining tidy and presentable to people in that area. The photos above are slightly outdated, but represent a general idea of what the project looks like currently, and how it should look similar in the future.
The current equipment this cabinet holds covers the incoming tibus line, the existing ethernet sockets scattered throughout the space, switches to make all the magic work, backup power to stop the magic from ever ceasing, and expansion bays for the new high-speed connections due to go into the event space. A list of equipment for anyone who’s interested:
- An Uninterruptible Power Supply (What model is it again?)
- 2x Cat5 patch panels
- 1x Cat6 patch panel
- Alix 2D3 router running pfSense
- Cisco Catalyst 2960 Switch
- 2x Linksys… somethings (managed gig switches)
- A Cisco PoE capable 8-port L3 switch for the IP phones
- Brush panels and cable tidy bars
Event space high-speed networking
The plan is to at 4 equidistant points in the event space to provide dropdown cat6 connectivity to Farset’s core 1Gbit network. The cabling will support future efforts of 10Gbit/s. Each dropdown socket will provide two ports for connectivity.
Here’s a diagram in paint so you can understand easily.
Looks horrible. Better diagram to come.
If you would like to get involved contact me, @jonnyt or the Farset Director Team. Remember this is all planning so if you have any suggestions/feedback it would be very much appreciated!