Yesterday, I put together my new equipment rack complete with a DELL gigabit switch and a patch panel. It will be the backbone for my communications and networking. I spent about $400 bucks at the electrical place buying RJ45 ends, boots, cables, and rack shelving. Next, I spent another $150 on a UPS. After hooking it all up with my D-Link router, the network has never been happier. My VONAGE calls have never been so crystal clear. It is amazing what a good switch can do for a congested network. It helped a bit that the router had StreamEngine technology like the stuff inside the Hawking Broadband Booster I reviewed @ Futurelooks.
I tried running the network off the UPS, and no problem! Looks like in a Jam, I’ll have about an hour of juice to get me through a brown out. More to come as I piece the room together. Futurelooks is going to have a great place to do business in!