NANOGers home data centers - What's in your closet?

Paul Graydon paul at
Sat Aug 13 01:35:37 UTC 2011

  On 08/12/2011 01:28 PM, Charles N Wyble wrote:
> Hey all,
> I'm curious what other NANOGers have in their home compute centers? On
> the extreme end of course we have mr morris :)
> with his uber lab:

Call me lazy, skinflint or otherwise, but I don't have much equipment at 
home and only very occasionally wish I had something extra.  Mind you 
I'm more sysadmin than network and mostly my fiddling stuff is server 
side rather than network.

Straight forward setup, get internet with our TV over cable.  Linksys 
WRT54GL running DD-WRT, set up to provide us with an HE IPv6 tunnel and 
wifi for a roku, my wife's laptop, my desktop machine and cell-phone.  
DD-WRT gives me sufficient balance between working 'out-of-the-box' and 
flexibility to do what I like.  If I've spent all day arguing with 
software/servers the last thing I want to do is argue with a router.  
Besides which, if something should happen I don't want to have to spend 
time getting it up and working.  It's quick to factory reset it and then 
tack the extra functions on afterwards over time.

We've also got a cheap Synology home NAS device plugged into the back of 
the router which we use primarily for backups and the odd bit of file 
sharing.  Again, I'm quite capable of building something like that from 
scratch myself but it works out-of-the-box, is expandable for storage, 
fairly low power, nearly silent and is extremely flexible running some 
form of embedded linux distribution that you can access if you need to.


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