- I wound up two years ago converting a three-car garage into a small apartment for myself. And since literally I was starting from stud that gave me an advantage I could actually choose the layout and not only that but design a network of my dreams. I first started out deciding how fast should my network go. And I wound up deciding on a cat 7 layout that would give me a theoretical speed of 10 gig per second. I had friends say Chris your internet doesn’t run that fast. The funny thing is they were only thinking about what goes on from my house to the internet with no thought of what actually all happens inside the network. Transferring the files movies that are kept on a media server and such. It was very interesting seeing the amount of equipment that was available for this. The only issue I ran into was securing a router that would do 10 gigabit across all the ports. In the tech world it was still used as what we call a trunking port that basically means we connect from one router to another for a high throughput of information. But I was determined that I wanted high throughput throughout my entire house. I am not going to lie it was about two grand or more to get such a device. So you get me going I did settle for a Netgear that allowed me to use at least one 10 gig and one 2.5 gig and the other 14 quarts were only one gig disappointed I had to make do with what I had. 10 gig obviously trunking over to my office and a 2.5 gig going to my wireless. For my wireless I chose to use a ubiquity wireless solution. This allows me to be more versatile in my setup. I was also able to centralize the wireless access point and mount it literally in the middle of the apartment, that means that no matter where I am inside or outside I am always connected. Then I had to figure out if I wanted it open concept or not. I chose to go with nothing concept. My better a sitting area and part of my kitchen take up one of the stalls. I have a living room and kitchen that basically take up one where one whole stall was. The other stall I had the bathroom move to make a bigger bathroom the original bathroom became the utility room and the rest of the stall is storage and workshop.
June 19, 2021 (updated June 19, 2021) Published by Christopher K.