Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Simplify


Now that we have moved into our new house, I have decided to simplify a lot of things.


  1. We are not running a web or mail server out of our house.  This means that I don't have to worry about making sure that our connection is up, or have a UPS for the server.  We ordered a Mac Mini that we will keep our music on.

  2. Got regular consumer broadband connection.  Since we are not running a server at home, we are not paying for the business class dsl with a fast upload speed and the static ip addresses.  Now we just have the standard cable modem service

  3. Using POTS telephone line, instead of VoIP.  When we were using VoIP, we needed to make sure that QoS was availble for the network.  When we were using Vonage, I used a router and software to make sure that the packets going to the Vonage ATA were prioritized higher than other packets.

  4. Using a Airport Extreme as the network router/firewall.  Instead of using the Linksys WRT54GS, with the Sveasoft open source firmware, I will be using the Apple gateway.

  5. Not wiring the house.  Before we moved into our last house, I make ran ethernet cables to each room.  Now we are using wireless around the house.  I have an Airport Extreme connected to the cable modem, and a Airport Express in the TV area.  The Airport Express is connected to the Airport Extreme with WDS, and I have a switch connected to the ethernet port where I have the PS2 connected to.


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