My wife designed a beautiful house for my in-laws now that they’re back in the States. It has a beautiful open floor plan, and is stretched out to maximize the view of the property to the back of the house. With a large house, however, comes the potential for wifi dead zones. I spent some time designing a bulletproof home network, and this weekend finally installing it now that the house is finished.

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Here’s the equipment list:

I wanted something that was robust, but if I had to manage it I could from a distance. Ubiquiti offers a cost effective business solution to networking, and their controller software is a breeze. The UAP-AC-LR WAPs offer a fantastic coverage area and penetrate walls well. I’ve positioned three spread across the inside of the house, one on the back patio, and one back in their barn.

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The cables are color coded:

  • Red : WAN In
  • Yellow : Used for connecting network infrastructure
  • Black : Ethernet drops around the house
  • Purple : WAPs
  • Orange : Security Cameras

I love these slim run ethernet cables from monoprice. They aren’t made for long runs, but for patching on a rack they’re perfect. There’s still a small amount of room for future expansion, but I don’t think there should be much added to this in the future.