This was just posted at HPE a couple days ago -- I really like this video --
I'm checking out what's below the heat sink shortly....................
Hey so I'm a recent fan of the podcast and so far am having fun going through the old episodes and getting caught up on the discussion. Lots to learn in the Home Automation world. I'm a fairly competent hobbiest - i usually build my own PCs. Going to be trying my hand at a laptop next once that one dies.
Ok to my problem. We just moved to a new house with lots more space. Yay! The old place was a 1200 square foot place - little shoe box basically. Now we're in 4600 sqft with 5 BR, a couple large living rooms, bed rooms spread all over, 3 car garage. I'm starting to peel back the layers a bit to see what's under the hood and to my delight, I found that the builder ran CAT5e for the phone jacks (just twisted 2 pair and ignored the others). I have COAX in most of the rooms as well (but not in the same locations and not all in the same rooms). These all run from a central point in the basement utility room. Those wires are all currently just banded together with very little organization. The FIOS installer used a splitter to activate a few of the COAX runs and use a wall jack up in the living space to install the FIOS Router and a white COAX/Ethernet Bridge device. I have an appleTV device, a PC computer with a wired/wireless networking capability, an XBOX360, a home theater system with only an ethernet port. We also run a few iPhones and iPads through the house on the wifi.
I can handle the first couple steps but if anyone has suggestions on this please advise:
1 - to have all the COAX set up in a box in the basement to distribute that data through the house. We have about 15 cable runs through the house.
2 - repurpose the phone jacks through the house to Cat5e network data jacks. will require a punchdown rack mounted box in the basement sending signal out. also will need new wall jacks and punchdown fittings. On a few walls... I have a jack on one side of the wall that i would also like to have a live connection on the other side. (i.e. the current run is to a bedroom, i'd like to keep the bedroom active as well as directly on the other side into that living space.
Once I have this distribution solution in place is where i start to get a bit fuzzy. The end state once im done is the following ideas:
I would like to start to add Apple HomeKit devices throughout the house. I'd like to be able to see all wired and wireless devices on the network. I'd like to have flexibility to install wall mounted home control panels at the once main entry and perhaps in the kitchen. Home Automation goals to include; motion activated lighting. Scene selected lighting. Whole home audio. Distributed AV to the TVs. Locks. exterior Cameras. Interior cameras at entry doors, in the garage, basement utility room. Water Sensors. I would like to have a router in the basement utility room send data through the ethernet but also utilize the wireless router for the wifi - and have all that still able to talk to each other. Most if not all the home automation hardware will be on the wifi but i might have cameras on the wired ethernet in some places - would just depend on layout etc.
I am at the very beginning stages of planning this out. The only real commitment I have made is to the Apple HomeKit universe, which is entirely based on security and simplicity. I would prefer to keep the number of required apps and software interface among the devices as low as possible. I plan on adding the HomePod device as it becomes available. Also for note... the WAF (wife acceptance factor) is a concern.
Has anyone tried (or thought of) upgrading Surface Pro 2? CPU, RAM or SSD.
I had this crazy idea that I could probably put an i7 CPU in SP2 with the help of a specialized company that does this kind of things; and while I'm at it, maybe replace SSD and RAM as well (I have the most concern for the RAM: I'm afraid larger RAM should have different bank organization and therefore not compatible)
CPU candidates I have in mind are i7-4600U (CPU upgrade), i7-4650U (CPU+GPU upgrade) or i7-4610Y (energy economy upgrade). There are mSATA SSD's up to 1 TB, at least. It's trickier with RAM - according to CPU datasheet, it supports up to 8 GB RAM per channel, which means that if the board is designed for single-channel configuration, I can't go above 8 GB.
The idea can seem crazy, but with the computer enthusiasts doing various crazy things to their computers, I thought I'd give it a thought. After all, if there are people who think of such things, where should I find such individuals if not on SurfaceGeeks forums? I know for a fact that they do such things e.g. with Apple hardware, and I've talked to a manager from a local repair company that has experience with Apple hardware, but they have no experience with Surface (Pro) devices, and this is important. I'm still yet to find a company that does this kind of thing with Surface professionally.
What do you think?
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The more I read, the more confused I get because of all of the personal opinions. I need help with deciding which path I should take with setting up my system.
I was all set to purchase a QNAP TS-451+ until I came across some conflicting info and how others have built an all-in-one server that has a virtualized NAS.
In a nutshell, I need to know what would be the best hardware/setup for my budget ($500-600). I already have one ESXi host with everything installed on hardware RAID 10, internal storage. It performs very well. I want to convert an existing workstation into another ESXi host. I have all of the parts I need to do this so it will not affect my budget. I just don't know if I should go the internal storage route, buy the QNAP TS-451+, build an all-in-one server or build a physical NAS using parts from another workstation.
I'm concerned about performance and storing backups. I'm thinking the NAS would be nice because I can use it with both ESXi hosts but from what I've read, performance will not be on par with ESXi internal storage. Everything on my network is 1 Gigabit.
Hardware specs of parts for ESXi or all-in-one I'm going to build:
Motherboard that supports vt-d i7-950 CPU 24GB memory LSI 9260-81 RAID controller 4 - 4TB SATA HDD's Broadcom 5709C 4-port Gigabit NIC
Really good performance Need to be able to stream and store videos that are LAN accessible. Have some storage space that is LAN accessible so VM's and other physical machines can share files or map as a drive.
- Will a $500-600 NAS provide the performance I want?
- Is an all-in-one server robust and does it perform well?
- Will anything within my budget beat the performance of ESXi internal storage?
- What have I not taken into consideration?
I realize you probably need more info to help me. Please tell me what you need from me