My Home Network, Lab, and Workstation

The Network

My home network consists of a Unifi Dream Machine, US-16-PoE Switch, and two Unifi Flex Mini Switches.  The core of the network is in the rack with the UDM on top and the 16 port switch mounted.  There are then two 5 port Flex Mini switches, one for my desk, and the other for my bedroom.  All of this is uplinked to Spectrum with a 500/25 speed.

The Lab/Rack

My lab consists of three servers, Alioth, Orion, and Hyperion all running on a 1200VA Tripplite UPS.  Their configurations and purposes are as follows:

  • Alioth – A former workstation in an iSTARUSA D-200 2U server chassis featuring an Intel Core i5-7600, 16GB of memory, and an MSI 750 Ti graphics card.  This server is primarily used for hosting Plex and various Minecraft servers.
  • Orion – A Dell R710 with 2 Intel Xeon X5550 CPUs, 72 GB of memory, a RAID 5 array with 4 72GB 15K SAS drives, and a RAID 5 array with 4 1TB 7.2K SAS drives.  This is my virtualization server that currently hosts a multitude of virtual machines for various tasks including Docker, Cloudron, Apache Tomcat, OpenVPN, Loadmaster, and a Windows Server 2019 machine.  Within Docker I have containers for Homer Dashboard, Tautulli, UnPoller, Grafana, and Portainer.  Cloudron is used to host a Guacamole container and this WordPress website.
  • Hyperion – A Dell R610 with 2 Intel Xeon E5620 CPUs, 16 GB of memory, a RAID 5 array with 5 900GB 10K SAS drives, and a RAID 0 array with a single 1TB 7.2K SATA drive for the Windows Server 2019 OS.  The primary purpose of this server is file storage with other miscellaneous functions.

The Workstation

My personal workstation is a custom built Full ATX computer with an ASUS ROG Strix-B450-G motherboard, a Ryzen 7 3800X processor, 16GB of 3200Mhz DDR4 memory, an EVGA Nvidia GTX 1070 graphics card, a 1TB M.2 NVME Samsung 870 EVO Plus SSD, 500GB of solid state storage, and 4TB of mechanical storage.

The setup also features 4 monitors including 2 Acer SA230 24″ IPS monitors, an Acer CB272 27″ IPS monitor mounted vertically, and an Acer XF243Y 24″ 165Hz IPS monitor.