My lab setup

Motivation

I don't need to talk much about my motivation. If you read the posts before and saw the images, you'll understand the "devices piling up" problem on my desk.

The solution is pretty straight forward: I ordered a network cabinet...

Logistical problem

Naive as I am, I just ordered a cabinet, without having thought about dimensions, transportation and the width of the doors in my apartment. Some impressions:

When you've ever been in Germany, you know, everything is well ordered and rules can't be stretched. This fact is implicating that nobody of us was willed to drive a car with unsecured load in an open cargo bay. So, no way of getting the cabinet to my home with the available vehicles. After having tried to put the cabinet in every angle and orientation in one of the cars, Konstantin organized a larger car - thank you, man!

Installing the stuff

At home, there were a few moments I thought "We'll never get this cabinet in my apartment", but, somehow, we managed it. Pointless to say that the difference between  failure and success was a matter of just a few millimeters ;-)

As soon as the cabinet has reached its final destination, we begun to install the devices and accessories:

Content

From top to bottom:

  • MikroTik RB 2011UiAS-RM
  • 2 x HP ProCurve 2510-24
  • DSLAM Zyxel IES 1000 (1 x AAM1008-61, 1x AAM1212-51)
  • HP ProCurve 4000M
  • Koukaam NETIO-230B (network switchable power distribution unit)

Current setup

The RB2011 is connected to my LAN via fibre. From there I patch the devices I want to play with. Right now, I play around with the Zyxel DSLAM, so on top of the cabinet there are two D-LINK SOHO routers connected to the DLAM by phone wires.

Benefits and drawbacks

Benefits

  • Stressless experiments
  • no more moving things from desk to storage and vice versa
  • less noise
  • beautiful furniture ;-)

Drawbacks

  • increased breakup probability
  • consumes a lot of space (80x80x78 cm)

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