Jamie Balfour'sPersonal blog
Since I got my house nearly a year ago, I've been very busy with my network infrastructure. This involved installing my home security system, getting my home server running (which is my Home Bridge, Plex server, my PBX server, home web server, company web server backup server, SSH server and DDNS server updater), installing home phones, setting up my smart home such as all my bulbs, switches and everything else, and of course, connecting my computers to it. It's taken a while, but one thing that's been changing more and more is I'm using Power Over Ethernet (PoE) for more and more devices.
In the past, my PoE uses have been fairly limited to just my SIP phones but this week I ditched the power adapter for my SmartThings hub and my Ring base station after getting new PoE splitters. I'm also going to be replacing all the switches across the house with PoE switches to allow me to ditch power adapters elsewhere too. I'm still installing my CAT cables across the house and have been considering CAT8, but it's difficult to justify considering the price and the lack of flexibility on the cables.
In a few weeks, I will also be posting a YouTube video for the first time in years with a little look around my house one year on.