Construction continues on our new home and many of the design and construction decisions have been made. We’re still about 6 months out from completion, but we’ve been steadily buying stuff in preparation for the move (fridge, lights, furniture, etc.). Part of the move-in preparation is figuring out the network. I could go with an off the shelf mesh solution like Orbi to compliment the numerous wired outlets. Or, I could go more enterprise level, giving addition controls over pretty much everything like threat prevention, vlans, etc. I’m not sure which way I’ll go, but I’m really leaning towards building a UniFi network.
UniFi is a brand under the Ubiquiti umbrella focused on businesses and large networks. However, the nerd in me thinks it would be awesome in the home. This is especially true when incorporating a NAS and numerous access points/wired switches, etc. If I do go with UniFi, it all starts with the Dream Machine Pro. It’s a router/security gateway with 8 non-POE ports. From there, I’ll likely connected directly to a managed switch (16 or 24 POE ports). Out of there, I’ll connect all of the CAT-6 lines that are wired throughout the house and a handful of wireless access points.
Here is my initial stab at designing my new network (UniFi design center). I’ll likely make some adjustment before creating the final shopping list, but we’re looking at around $1500-$2000 for all of the equipment, excluding the CAT-6 in-wall wiring. More updates soon. Stay tuned.