Solved Ethernet switch to 3x wireless access points and devices

January 3, 2018 at 06:58:26
Specs: Windows 10
Hi all,

I've been asked to do a short presententation to do with smart homes and networking and I want to make sure I am on the right track understanding it, this is the system they have proposed:

"This would consist of a router 8 port PoE switch connected to 3 x wireless access points
Also on the network would be 2 x smart TV’s, SkyQ box and Sonos One speaker."

So as my understanding goes, the switch will either go from the router or replace it, this will then be connected to 3 wireless access points via an ethernet cable each, the 4 devices will then be connected via WiFi to whichever is closest of the 3.

Is it that simple or are there things I have missed? Has the way he worded it possibly meant that everything would be connected to the switch with cabling and everything just branching off that?

Thanks!!

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#1
January 3, 2018 at 08:23:59
As I read it... there are 8 devices on all to be served. The switch has 8 ports.

I’d feed everything from the switch ports and connect the switch to the router.

Simplest approach?


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#2
January 3, 2018 at 08:43:55
That is what I thought but it sounds like I need to do something more in-depth, maybe I'll put forward both options. The access points connected with a powered ethernet to minimise power supplies and the rest with just data cables?

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#3
January 3, 2018 at 09:15:57
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Where possible I'd use PoE since as you say it reduces number of power adapters required. Jut ensure the switch is able to provide the full load required - with a little head room too...

Also use good quality cables; the cost difference between cheapies and better quality isn't always that much...

Depending on where you are located... depends which to go for. In the UK I have found these on Amazon -

https://www.amazon.co.uk/CSL-Comput...

Be aware that PoE demands more serious cable considerations; see here:

http://ce.superioressex.com/uploade...

https://www.belden.com/blog/digital...

http://luxreview.com/article/2017/0...

Regardless of which brand of cables you opt for I'd stick with one type/spec (reliably PoE capable...) so as to have uniformity across the system.

Curt R and Wanderer (to name but two here) may drop across and offer more sage input too; both of then more into current kit and practices etc. than am I these days. So hang about until they come on-line from Canada/USA...?


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#4
January 3, 2018 at 14:47:29
Router >> Switch >> Devices

"This would consist of a router 8 port PoE switch connected to 3 x wireless access points Also on the network would be 2 x smart TV’s, SkyQ box and Sonos One speaker."

I would imagine the specification for a PoE capable switch was to power the 3 AP's

It's a pretty straightforward (ie: simple) setup.

I use a lot of PoE (access points, VoIP sets etc) and all of that is running on Cat5e or Cat6 cable. I'm not sure offhand what the longest cable I have PoE running over is, but I would wager it's longer than anything you would run in a typical house.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#5
January 4, 2018 at 02:07:36
Thanks for your answers @trvlr and @Curt R, I can't pick a best answer as you were both equally as helpful! I'm glad I have the right train of thought, at this stage I don't need to worry about cables or particular brands but just the principal behind the setup :)

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#6
January 5, 2018 at 07:31:40
LOL - Happy to help.............give the "best answer" to trvlr, it's his turn ;)

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#7
January 6, 2018 at 14:25:39
Lol fair enough, done :)

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