Typical home / SOHO server farm setup with Fibre Broadband service | Hardware Review | IT Gadgets

Finally I have spent some moments to tidy up my own home ‘server farm’ after the arrival of my latest piece of hardware shipped from Taiwan – Managed enterprise switch TL-SG3109. For those who are interested to maximise your Fibre Home Broadband, you can refer to my setup as a straightforward guide:

1) Make sure all the connected devices are Gigabit model

2) Synology 1511+ NAS which has 2 LAN ports connected to Gigabit Enterprise switch to fully leverage on 802.3ad (Link Aggregation)

3) Have some plants to absorb the increase radiation and heat emitted with close proximity of the various devices

4) Proper & Sturdy shelf – which I bought it at a good discounted price from IKEA

20110423 - SOHO office home server farm

After a short moment of downtime to move the devices to this new consolidated location, the initial tests on the loading time for my blog have shown significant improvements after I have started using Link Aggregation for my NAS which my blog is hosted.

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  2 comments for “Typical home / SOHO server farm setup with Fibre Broadband service | Hardware Review | IT Gadgets

  1. Jonathan
    May 29, 2011 at 7:50 am

    Hi Alan, was reading reviews of synology and qnap which I came across your blog of your setup. Ideal setup I will say as all along I wanted to setup my own web hosting using NAS cos my wife complaining spending $6+/mth for webhosting is expensive… haha… nothing much but just personal blog and photo albums… but i guess electrical bills will be higher than $6+/mth though…

    I’m using D-link DNS 323 btw which is far too slow and my area will be installed with the fibre cable 2 years later.

    Writing this is also to get your recommendation on synology or qnap.. both seems to be gd with their DSM v3.1 and Turbo v3.. Initially I wanted to get DS211+ or TS 219p+ but after reading your setup, thinking of DS1511+ or TS-559 Pro+, which is better in terms of reliability as is expensive enough to get the better deal… Cheers

    • Alan Soon
      May 29, 2011 at 8:46 am

      Yep, definitely worth every $ spent on it… am still extracting the fullest function of it till date. It is also much cooler to run 24×7 vs the previous version. HDD is so cheap that u can get yr own small cloud 🙂

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