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post #11 of 18 (permalink) Old 04-06-2017, 07:19 PM
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Uh-humm... you and I need to discuss wire management

Holy Terabites Batman ! All this for your home ? Wow...

Psh... way easier to trace cables when they're all out there instead of bundled neatly together


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I am absolutely anal about my cable management. Not to thread hijack, but my entertainment center consists of a 70" Vizio M series, a surround sound system, Bluray player, laptop, and DirecTV box. It is a glass 3 tiered table with a black spine for the tv to mount to. You can see zero wires when sitting on the couch, which is especially difficult with a glass entertainment center

Oh, I'd prefer to have cable management. But since I don't have gozinta and gozouta patch panels and only three of 13 or so items are actually rack-mountable, and there is gear with both inner and outer network connections, "I'll take what I can get."

I can still do some work with wire ties (no, I never picked up wax string lacing ). But, even if I had a 1U cable management panel near the switch, the rack design doesn't lend itself to vertical cable management.

On the other hand my logical controls, including dedicated firewall, DMZ, and reverse-proxy for services gives me a reasonably secure environment. I'll take that over appearance any day.

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me personally would throw some zip ties or even some velcro tape on to make the wires more manageable. but i don't have a home network nearly as advanced.

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Ugh, please....please secure your network. At this point, use your birthday, or last name or something. Anything!
I live in a rural area surrounded by trees and animals. I suppose someone could hike through the woods and freeload off my wireless network if they found it, but I suppose it can't hurt to secure it....
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I live in a rural area surrounded by trees and animals. I suppose someone could hike through the woods and freeload off my wireless network if they found it, but I suppose it can't hurt to secure it....
This is going to sound like I make this stuff up. I would think that if I was not in my chair...Ok here goes...

Went to the nearest gas station / convenience store about 1 hour ago. It's 8 minutes away, I like to drive at night and I was hungry for potatoe chips... So I get to the gas station at 23:40 -ish, and there is only one car there, parked parallel to the main door even though the way to park there is facing the building. I've seen those lazy types before, especially at night when the strange ones roam, park as close to the door as possible just so they have less distance to walk (sigh).

As I pulled up, I figured I would park perpendicular to him, and close to his rear. This way I'd be close enough to the door (lazy one here, haha) and not in his way when he exits. I hadn't stopped yet and he drove away. Rather quickly. No tires spinning but he left with some pace. And no headlights. Not so bad on the gas station grounds with all those lights, but I saw him get onto a side street and the headlights hadn't come on yet. Oh well, one of those weirdos for sure... but then I thought what if... he was up to no good and I caught him by surprise. So I looked inside the gas station and couldn't see the clerk. So I waited another 30 seconds, still no movement inside, so I got out and walked over to the door slowly...
Then I saw the clerk doing stuff behind the muffin/donut counter so I knew he was Ok.

I got in and asked him if he had noticed the grey car outside the door. He had not. I told him the guy kinda took off quick when I arrived, that got his attention a little bit. He said no one weird had come in and nothing unusual happened. And then I had a thought... and I ask him if they had a wi-fi router, and he answered yes. I asked him if the network was secured and he said no... it wasn't. So I told him maybe this weirdo was leeching on the wi-fi. He seemed surprised that anyone would do this, or want to do this. I quickly gave him a few scenarios... and he said ohhhh...

I told him I would have a talk with his boss in the coming days, to see about securing the network. Even if no crime is ever committed and it is only *innocent leeching*, securing the thing would keep some of the weirdos away and prevent morons from blocking the door with their cars, just so they can freeload on the wi-fi.

@SkipW : you'll likely never get any leechers. But... unsecured routers can be hacked over the Internet when default passwords are not changed. We had an infestation of DNS hijacker infections about 10 years ago, and the hackers (mostly russian mob) would change the DNS on our routers and redirect some of our traffic at will. They made millions with this scheme. That was a wakeup call... and most major router manufacturers started supplying router setup CDs, where they made you set a new password and also set wireless security (WEP back then and now WPA2).
So you may not really-really need the wireless security if you are rather isolated, but the router management access needs to be secured...

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What is all that for?? I run my life on a Surface Pro 3.

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What is all that for?? I run my life on a Surface Pro 3.
Part of it is media library and server, part is 22 years of photography. There's also the telemetry server for the KL, my home-automation/IOT, local servers to avoid my ISP from hijacking/manipulating content - specifically DNS, web and other servers, reverse-proxy so I can safely host and access my content from the outside word, firewall/DMZ/VPN for security, there's also my WiFi controller to manage the access points in the house, ...

Plus, just to keep my hand in on server and network technology so I don't get totally stale since that's not my primary job anymore.
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What is all that for?? I run my life on a Surface Pro 3.
I'm hoping to downsize to Samsung S8 with DeX dock. Not really ;-) But maybe soon.
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