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# 139133 28-Jan-2014 23:58

Fibre will be available at my place in either Feb or March (yay). Therefore time to upgrade my home network to gigabit speeds. Will also be installing a patch panel and wallplates, instead of cables coming out of the floor in all of the rooms and a big mess in my network cupboard.

The shopping list:
Cat 6 patch panel - most likely 24 port.
Cat 6 double wall plates - at least 5
Cat 6 cable - already have a pile of 5m or so shorts but will need new cable for the longer runs.
Jar of cat 6 plugs.
Gigabit unmanaged switches  a 16 port (at least) and an 8 port to live behind the TV.
Gigabit managed switch / router - will plug into Chorus ONT and from there feed to both switches, a wireless AP (already have one but need to see if it still works), a flatmates ADSL modem (he will stay on ADSL  instead of going to fibre), And maybe some sort of web server.

AFAIK the managed switch will need to do VLAN tagging, different firewall rules / routes per port, Nat routing, DHCP (unless I can use the DHCP server in the flatmates modem or plug in an old ADSL modem just for DHCP) And might as well add in IPv6 support as well.

Need some suggestions on which model of managed switch is best for me.

The budget, Hopefully it will be less than a grand all up, but can be more if it is worth it.

Thanks in advance everyone.

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  # 976351 29-Jan-2014 00:03
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I wouldn't bother making your own patch leads - just buy pre-made.  More reliable.  Dynamix ones are good, and reasonably cheap - they have snagless plugs.

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  # 978256 31-Jan-2014 17:02
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Gigabit managed switch - Depends on how many ports you need, but MikroTik would probably be the best to get. You can get MikroTik gear from Go Wireless in Christchurch, just Google them as I'm not allowed to post links.
I've got a RB951G-2HnD which is a 5 port gigabit router with 802.11n. I only use it for experimentation/learning at the moment, but is has a ton of features which I haven't even had time to play with. It does VLAN's, firewalling, DHCP, DNS, network storage (has a USB port), VPN's, you name it.

All other stuff you could probably get from PBtech.

Computer Dynamics would be my first recommendation for all of the network hardware, cables etc, but I'm not sure if they sell to the general public (I get all my stuff through work)

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  # 979840 3-Feb-2014 23:52

Thanks for that. Probably won't get that exact model but seriously considering the other MicroTik models. The rb450g is currently top of my shortlist.

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