Internal Network

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In the past year we've embarked on a project of simplifying the network infrastructure of the space. As of now (January 2022) we've reduced about as much as we're going to and replaced anything left that exceeded our jankiness tolerance, so we're mainly in maintenance mode.

The Mini-Rack

The 9U wall-mount rack in the multipurpose room (nee Lounge) is the new core of the Asmbly network. It contains an UPS, a 48-port patch panel, our Spectrum Business cable modem/router contraption, the Unifi Dream Machine Pro that manages our network, a Unifi 48-port core switch, and a Unifi 24-port POE switch to power APs, cameras, and miscellany.

The main OpenPath cabinet is mounted under the mini-rack.

WiFi

Asmbly WiFi is provided by three Unifi UAP-AC-Lites. One's in the multi-purpose room over the Co-Working door, the other two are mounted on ceiling beams roughly centered over the eastern and western halves of the workshop area, respectively.

Sub-switches

  • The Computer Desk Switches
    • The computer desk contains two USW-Mini managed switches to connect those computers and the MFP.
  • The 3D Printer Switch
    • The 3D printer enclosure includes an unmanaged switch to connect all that stuff to one drop from the mini-rack
  • The Workshop Switch
    • There's a USW-Lite-16-POE managed switch in the storage loft to concentrate shop-area network jacks and cameras.

To Do

We've finished decommissioning the rats-nest in the electronics lab, but there are a few more cable runs that might come in handy :

  • another pair to the electronics lab. Everything there now has a connection, but some extras might come in handy for projects.
  • flip around one or two pairs of jacks from co-working to face 3D printers so we can eliminate that switch.

At some point it might be nice to move the DVR to the mini-rack -- this would involve extending a bunch of security Siamese coax+power cables from the electronics lab, unless we ditch the old cameras. At this point we'll probably not bother unless we choose to extend our lease.