Archive for October, 2014

Setup NAS Remote UPS Monitoring

I recently purchased and setup a new QNAP TS-451 to upgrade from my old ReadyNAS NV+ V2. The ReadyNAS served it’s purpose for several years and overall I’ve been very happy with it. With the latest advances in the NAS space, and considering some reliability problems I’ve been having with the old ReadyNAS, it was time for an upgrade. In setting up the new NAS I decided I wanted to migrate all of my old data off the ReadyNAS and put it on the QNAP, since I planned to use the new NAS as my primary data store for my home office.

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Structured Wiring Home Retrofit

The nearly completed product of a month of planning, sourcing, ordering, build, wiring and terminating cables in my structured wiring home retrofit project.

The nearly completed product of a month of planning, sourcing, ordering, build, wiring and terminating cables in my structured wiring home retrofit project.

It’s been a dream of mine since I bought my first home. A dream of wires and connectivity everywhere. A dream of having constant and consistent connectivity in every room of my home. Don’t get me wrong, wireless is great and over the years it’s definitely come a long way to satisfying my wants for more bandwidth, but success varies and reliability is one thing that can never be guaranteed – the further away from the access point you are, the less you’re going to get of either. I once tried to stream a DVD over my 802.11n wireless connection and was deeply disappointed that not even with the multi-stream router capable of 450mbps could make this 100% reliable. After many years, I finally had the chance to make this dream a reality.

If you’re looking to do something similar in your home, I will say that the adventure is arduous and full of pain, and certainly not without surprises at every corner. You might think a drop will be a straight shot, or that the wall will be empty but it’s quite likely that neither are true. Be prepared, get the right tools, and be ready to cut holes in your walls that are bigger than you had originally thought you would. Herein I provide a list of tools that you’ll need, tips to make the process easier, and comments on the issues I encountered along the way. I posted a series of photos on Imgur to illustrate the progress along the way as well.

Photo Album – https://imgur.com/a/tRHSc

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