What devices make up your home network?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by ozaz, Dec 29, 2012.

  1. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 27, 2011
    Just ordered a couple of new networking devices, including a NAS device for the first time. It got me enthusiastic to start adding some new toys and so I'm curious as to what others use within their home network.

    Please describe/list your devices. I'm particularly interested in router and NAS choices and new fangled devices like network connected TVs, speakers, photo frames, kitchen appliances, home surveillance, etc. I'm not so interested in the specifics of all your computers/tablets/phones, but mentioning at least the operating systems used for these devices will be helpful for contextualising your other choices. If you want to go further, please feel free to explain your choices and what you hope to add in the future.

    My list,
    Computers: Windows PCs and Macs
    Tablets: iPads
    Phones: iPhones and Androids
    Router: Airport Extreme (on order)
    NAS: Synology DS213 (on order; intended use is as a backup location and media server)
    Digital Media Receiver / gaming: xBox 360
    Printer: Brother DCP-750CW

    Next thing I want to add is a wireless speaker system (ideally one that is both DLNA and Airplay compatible)
  2. macrumors Core


    Jan 18, 2005
    Darkplace Hospital
    Let's have a think about this... (thank god for a 60mbps connection!)

    27" iMac
    21" iMac
    (old) 17" iMac
    homebuilt desktop PC
    12" Powerbook
    Toshiba laptop

    iPhone 4S
    iPhone 3GS
    2x iPod touch 4G
    iPod touch 3G
    iPod touch 1G
    iPad 2
    iPad 3
    Nokia Lumia 800 (I think it is)

    2x PS3
    2x Xbox 360
    2x Wii
    Wii U
    PS Vita
    3DS XL and 3DS
    PSP-2000, 3000 and Go
    DS fat, Lite and DSi

    Bravia TV
    DAB+Internet radio
    (looking into getting a NAS to keep files floating around the house)
  3. jasonvp, Dec 29, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 29, 2012

    macrumors 6502a


    Jun 29, 2007
    Northern VA
    Network Devices
    • Home-built Linux router (stripped-down CentOS 6.3) w/3 GigE interfaces
    • 2 Cisco SG200 GigE switches (living room and office)
    • 1 Cisco SG500 GigE switch (basement)
    • Apple Airport Extreme (access vs router mode)
    • Home-built VMWare ESXi 5.x server with several VMs (CentOS, FreeBSD, Slowaris, Win2008, etc)
    • QNAP NAS
    • Mac Pro 5,1
    • Home-built Windows 7 gaming rig
    Other "Appliances"
    • Home-built Windows 7 HTPC
    • TiVo
    • Sony Blu-Ray player (decomming soon)
    • Pioneer Plasma TV (yep, it's on the network)
    Mobile Devices
    • Retina Macbook Pro
    • iPhone 5
  4. Southern Dad, Dec 29, 2012
    Last edited by a moderator: Dec 29, 2012

    macrumors 65816

    Southern Dad

    May 23, 2010
    Way too many!

    Family Room
    • PowerPC G-5 with XBMC
    • PS3
    • Wii
    • XBox 360
    • Bluray Player
    • Windows 8 Computer on Treadmill

    Spoiled 10-year-old Daughter's Room
    • PowerPC G-5 with XBMC
    • Wii
    • Net Streaming Device

    • Windows XP Computer

    WiFi Devices
    • MacBooks
    • Windows 8 Computers
    • HP Touchpad
    • iPad
    • iPhones
    • Google Tablet

    Home Office... Well, too dang many.
  5. Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    Whakatane, New Zealand
    Gotta think about this one...

    Devices I interact with:
    Hac Pro
    15" MacBook Pro
    iPhone 4S
    HP TouchPad (don't use it much anymore)
    Xbox 360
    Raspberry Pi

    2x AirPort Extreme
    Dynalink PPPoA Bridge
    Tenda GigE Switch
    HP Data Vault (6 TB and nearly full!)
  6. macrumors 65816

    Aug 26, 2006
    Atlanta, GA
    27" iMac (hardwired)
    Mac Mini (hardwired)
    My 17" MacBook Pro (wifi)
    My wife's 17" MacBook Pro (my old one) (wifi)

    My iPhone
    My wife's iPhone
    My iPad
    My wife's iPad
    Two TiVos
    Slingbox (which actually doesn't work currently)
    Blu-Ray Player
    Two wifi cameras

    Time Capsule router
    8-port Netgear switch at the main input
    5-port Netgear switch on my desk
    One AirPort Express currently just an Airplay device to play music in the living room
    A second Airport Express which will go on the top floor to extend range once I stop being lazy.
  7. macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    2 MacBook Pros
    1 PC desktop (ethernet)
    1 Wii
    2 iPhones
    1 iPod touch
    1 iPad
    1 Brother Network Printer (ethernet)
    1 $45 netgear Wireless G router

    I get 20Mb/s on Wireless G at the end of my house, and I think my connection is rated for only 25Mb/s... so holding out on upgrading the router.
  8. macrumors 603


    Mar 22, 2010
    2 MBP's
    1 iMac
    3 iPads
    6 iPhones

    Crappy belkin router, 10 Mbps connection.
  9. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Feb 27, 2011

    Nice use of touchscreen! Got a photo?
  10. macrumors 65816

    Southern Dad

    May 23, 2010
    No touch screens. It's a Windows 8 machine but I use a wireless keyboard with touch pad and a trackball. I find the trackball easier to use at 3-4 mph.


    Using teenage labor to set up eMacs

  11. rjbruce, Feb 6, 2013
    Last edited: Feb 6, 2013

    macrumors regular

    Jan 7, 2011
    St. Louis, MO
    I'm interested in hearing your experience with the DS213. I'm considering this vs the DS212J and wondering how it handles a number of devices for media and backups. My plans are to use it for multiple backups, hosting media, and periodic backups to an attached HDD. I will likely setup DDNS as well and use it for some light remote access. I plan to set it up in RAID1 with 2x2TB Red drives.

    If anyone has the DS212J and using it for multiple tasks, I'd be interested to hear your experience. I've heard great things for both, but I would consider myself somewhat of a power user, at least demanding user, and want to make sure it's capable of keeping up.

    Computers: MBP, Win7 Laptop, deceased Win7 desktop (replacing with mac mini), Ubuntu PC
    Tablets: iPad, iPods (Touch)
    Phones: iPhones
    Router: Linksys X2000 (likely to be replaced with NAS purchase)
    NAS: Synology DS213 (mulling)
    Digital Media Receiver / gaming: xBox 360, PS3, Wii, ATV2
    Printer: Cheap Canon
  12. macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    20" iMac
    HP printer
    15" MBP
    2 iPhones
  13. macrumors 68000

    Apr 25, 2012
    15" MBP
    Home-built Windows PC for gaming
    HP OfficeJet 6500 MFP
    HTC Thunderbolt (Android)
    Acer Iconia A500 (Android 10" tablet)
    LG Blu-Ray player
    iPad2 (work-issued)
    Occasionally pop my work-issued 13" MBP or Dell E6410 on my network

    All fed off a Netgear WNDR3700v2

    That's nothing though, the MAC filter on my parent's router is nearly full. 8 people that could be there at any given time that might want a device on wireless, each with 2-3 devices.
  14. macrumors 68040


    May 10, 2010
    • Virtual pfSense (FreeBSD based router/firewall/IPSec-VPN)
    • Apple AirPortExtreme for Wifi
    • Netgear Switch
    • Mobile Wifi/LTE Router
    • Home-built VMWare ESXi 5.1 (Xeon) server with several VMs (pfSense, CentOS, FreeBSD, Ubuntu, soon: ZFS based file server )
    • Home-built VMWare ESXi 5.1 (i7) server to experiment/play around
    • QNAP NAS for iTunes and Photos
    • iMac 27" (OS 10.8)
    • MBP 17" for wife (OS 10.7)
    • MBA 11" for me (OS 10.8)
    • Mac Mini (powered down, OS 10.8 Server)
    • iPad, iPods, iPhones
    • Bravia 46"
    • Bravia 40" (Ethernet cable)
    • Apple TV (Ethernet cable)
    • AirAport Express with speaker
    • Canon HD Video Camera with Wifi
    • Canon with AirPrint via Wifi
  15. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Feb 27, 2011
    As mentioned in my original post, this is the first time I've owned a NAS device so I don't really have a point of reference. I'm pretty happy with the setup and interface (although I guess that will be the same for all Synology NAS devices). I think the reason I bought DS213 over DS212J was simply because it has USB 3 rather than any anticipated performance gains. USB 3 was important for me because I intend to periodically clone the NAS to a portable drive for an offsite copy. Unfortunately, I have not set it up as my backup location for my Windows and Mac computers or played around with its media server functions yet (I intend to do all these things, but it will probably be weeks before I find time to do so). At the moment I am just using it as a generic file server, and am finding it fine for that purpose.

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