My "little" lab is all over the place and the weird choices are made since I usually get my stuff from friends (of friends)/family (of family) for free or cheap. I have quite a lot of servers, in example, but only my main server is powered on 24/7. I usually have the other ones off, but since noone would want to buy them, I will keep them in my rack for testing purposes if I ever need something. I am planning on doing a movie night using Minecraft Paintings for example, that takes like 100GB of RAM, and since I have all this old crap, I can run it.
Rack from top to bottom:
My rack of choice is a second hand music rack which I bought for 20 euro's.
On top: Marantz AMP, Marantz tuner and surprisingly, a Marantz cassettedeck.
- Marantz AMP 1090.
- Marantz Cassette Deck 5010B.
- Marantz Tuner 2100.
Unit 1-3: networking
My networking gear is all over the place. First internet goes into the UDM Pro, then to the Netgear ProSafe GS748T and UAP-6-Lite. Via the TL-SG1024 is currently how my entire home gets internet.
- ISP Router (outside the rack)
- UniFi UDM-Pro.
- MikroTik Routerboard RB2011UiAS-RM.
- UniFi USW-Flex-Mini.
- UniFi UAP-6-Lite.
- TP-Link TL-SG2109WEB for the gigabit devices (outside the rack).
- Netgear ProSafe GS748T.
- ISP AP's which I already had before the lab (outside the rack).
- Powerline Ethernet for the TVs and printer.
- Patch panel (22x Cat6A, 1x HDMI, 1x empty for USB-C currently).
Unit 4-9: Server and NAS drivebay
- Main server:
- AMD Ryzen 7 2700X (ML240Lv2, 1.8-4.8GHz).
- G.Skill, 48GB RAM (2x8GB 2133MHz, 2x16GB 3000MHz. Both CL16).
- ASUS ROG Strix B450-F Gaming.
- NVIDIA GeForce 210.
- 120GB SATA SSD (boot drive)
- 512GB NVMe SSD (Jellyfin + cache drive)
- 8TB raw for MDraid:
- 2x 2TB IronWolf NAS. (array)
- 1x 2TB Toshiba Canvio Basics.
- 1x 2TB Seagate Expansion Portable.
- Second server (old HP Z400 workstation):
- Intel Xeon W3565
- 16GB RAM
- GeForce GTX 750 Ti
- 500GB 15K boot & Proxmox HDD).
- 3x 1TB for backups
(OOU) Some drivebay for my server.
Unit 10-bottom: servers
- Spotify for Marantz system: Asus K56CA Laptop (i5 3337U, 8GB RAM & 16GB USB drive).
- Currently no use: SuperMicro 2U server (2x Xeon E5-XXXX, XXGB RAM).
- Currently no use: HP ProLiant DL160 G6 (2x Xeon E5640, 4GB RAM, iLO doesn't work & 250GB HDD).
- Minecraft Server: HP ProLiant DL380p G8 (2x Xeon E5-2630, 128GB RAM, iLO 4 Advanced & 300GB HDD).
Outside the rack
- Access points in the house: ISP AP's
- TV PC: i5-2320, 8GB RAM, GeForce GT520, 120GB RAM.
I use my lab for:
* i.e. different protocols such as DMZ, DNS, IPv4 and IPv6, PoE and many more. * DMZ for my UDM Pro behind our ISP router thingy. * DNS for Pi-Hole. * IPv4 is currently the default. *IPv6 is in the works-ish. * PoE for my APs. * Many more.
* This website along with a few others. * Docker: * Various frontends for i.e. Reddit and YouTube. * Jellyfin. * Home Assistant: * A few WiZ led bulbs. * Tuya lights. * Shelly Plug S. * Thermostate system. * WoL for my PCs and servers. * Spotify. * Printer metrics. * Server metrics. * Portainer. * OpenVPN. * SMB shares (locally ofcourse). * A Git server. * Cockpit. * 'Work' * A 'development environment' (Neovim/SSH).
The services in detail:
- My server runs Debian GNU/Linux.
- I use MD raid along with ext4 filesystems.
- I use NGINX to host, reverse proxy and cache web related stuff.
- I use SSH and OpenVPN to tunnel back home if I'm away.
- I use Portainer for management on the few Docker containers I run (around 20).
- I use SMB shares for backups on my parents' machines over LAN.
- I use Home Assistant for my smart lights, our houses thermostate and a few more things.
- I use LibreX as my search engine.
- I use OVH SAS for a VPS to proxy traffic through (port 80,443 coming into my network).
- I use mostly UniFi gear since it just works
- My lab draws about 50-100 watts from the wall. Total, in the entire house (this excludes light bulbs and thermostate, but includes all 24/7 runnings servers and networking gear).
- I am aiming on adding more UniFi stuff, specifically more PoE and APs.
- More advanced switches since they're cool as I've heard.
- Better backups (looking into rsync.net, Kimsufi, and encrypted backups to GDrive or something similar).
- PXE booting, because I can.
- I am planning on making some sort of NVR system.
- Better WiFi coverage, currently have about 60% coverage.
- A lot more.