Budget Home Network Tour/How To

This is a tour and a sort of checklist and simple guide to show you how to setup an inexpensive home network. A little knowledge of the basics is assumed, but comment if you have a question.

TP-LINK TL SG1024 Switch:

NavePoint 6U Rack:

NavePoint 1U Patch Panel:

Network Cable Wall Plate:

Rackmount Power Strip:

MonoPrice Punch-Down Tool:


Renegadeproject says:

Good video, smooth description of process involved.

Anton Kovalenko says:

That time when I envy cardboard walls. I can’t easily put network through my thick stone walls =

The Ace TroubleShooter says:

Why a rack system for home network, people ask…. Because we’re nerds, and WE CAN! nuff said. Beautiful setup BN!

Giotronics says:

first time knowing a patch panel exists. interesting

Cruzer says:

Great video! Did you ponder a 10Gbit network? What router/modem combo are you running? Any switch come to mind with 24 ports with 8 of them PoE? Thx.

MNfernalmachine says:

I hope you strapped those 120 volt wires in your wall before you closed it up, also it’s easier to pull wire in the future if you would put a PVC pipe from your pull point down the wall and leave a pull string. the string could get caught up on everything you have there

DarkDriver23 says:

Where can I find that power supply from ?

alex says:

What is the point of one of these?

michael Jaka says:

Bad tech no label no conductor on wall plate electrical code all wrong but it for your house so it fine

ccl test says:

No POE? Useless.

German Santos says:

So um, whats up man your being a little prejudice against black screws lol #BSM

Diy in the Ghetto says:

Hello the punch down tool does that include the tool as well as the blade?

bennettste says:

What’s with the big ugly double height faceplates over there. A patchpanel makes a job look so much nicer and easier to maintain. As other posters have said your twists are bit slack and you should bring all the cables in through the cable tie at the end of the panel. Good job all the same.

timcat100 says:

A patch panel is completely unnecessary for a home network. Matter of fact you come across as an idiot doing that.

Erik Droll says:

Will the patch panel handle Cat 6a

Superseanbarry says:

Good job! Do you have 24 rooms in your house?

Jeff Roselli says:

Nice setup and wiring job. The only thing I would add is a battery UPS backup!!!

Abraham Fraga Mtz says:

I guess the Motorola device is the modem from your ISP, did you just connected it to the TP-Link switch without setting up anyhting? I mean, like a little switch thta you simply use an ethernet cable from the modem to the little switch and then you just connect other devices like access points, desktop pcs, printers using more ethernet cables. Thanks a lot!

ltcolglennr says:

Did you run into any heat ventilation issues in the closet?

TheNanoRulez says:

@Budget Nerd You should patch a cable into the back of patch panel and plug it in to router, then add small 0.25m cable so its neat and doesnt hang over the front.

Jay P says:


Jake Bleck says:

as a teen in High school who wants to go to college for networking/IT, what suggestions do you have

Nd Irish says:

really interesting, enjoyed it and educated myself at the same time

30 Shades of Grey says:

Can this make wifi?

Bruno Alex says:

Damm thats looking cool

Brian Smigielski says:

Hey really nice video. I think the NavePoint rack is going to be a top contender for what I do with my own home network. One question, do you have a link to the brackets you fixed to your network switch?

Inachu Ikimasho says:

Pure horror! You are laying down the top ledt router flat on your TP-link! Nice way to soak up the heat and cook it to death!

A politically correct rack mount would also have a tiny fan to either suck fan from the top and the unit would be enclosed but not sure if this is in your basement or a closet. If in a closet then the ceiling needs to be vented. At the time index of 0:05 I have even seen this setup inside a TV entertainment system fully closed then they wonder why the short life of their electronic equipment and then they blame on shoddy equipment and they never blame themselves. Patch panel creates no heat but would still place switch one more notch above to create a passage for any and all heat to escape as freely as it can get out.

If your tp link had side vents then get a dremmel tool to cut some holes of the side there.
Heat is the #1 killer of any and all electronic equipment. I even have our XBOX power block sitting on a dead Wii so the carpet does not soak up any heat and cook the unit. Also modded out XBOX and for 10 years now our XBOX has never had any yellow or orange or red ring of death….. not once! Hahahaha Yeah I am a master of heating and cooling at my house.

If this is in your closet then do buy a silent bathroom vent or buy a door that has venting at the top and bottom so your closet has passive cooling in place. If this is in your basement then even better as basements are many times much cooler than the rest of your house.

Being friendly to your equipment will always mean longer life to your electronics as well as your network.

Michel Dijkstra says:

Ever stage wet memory uncle naturally array.

Roshan Maduwantha says:

Hii i would like to know about that more.do you have any chatting media like facebook.viber.whatup.imo or something elso.please send me a email for my email.

Space Cadet says:

Budget Nerd,
Although you didn’t say so, I’m making a guess you’re in the IT field and have seen/done some of the setup you have here.
What parts you used (apart from TPLink), the way you stacked it, etc… shows IT knowledge.
Your setup is better than a full size rack, more ergonomic, lightweight and hides better.
Now all we gotta do is get some Ubiquiti APs in there.

Andre Khan says:

Very nice! Thank you for sharing.

timcat100 says:

Nice job at showing your cable modem SBG6580 laying on it’s side blocking the ventilation holes.

Meso Phyl says:

“look official” LOL

tenminutetokyo says:


James Mastroianni says:

Is there a way to build a rackmounted wireless router?

Matthew Carrano says:

how’d you rout the Ethernet cables

Inventor Noob says:

What cable did you run cat6 or cat5e?

m15granger: Jagosaurus' Workbench says:

That large gap on 24 port switches bugs me against a full patch panel. I always recommend a 48 POE as patching is much cleaner. No cabling going across half the empty switch. Overall, a very clean home network. Only my upstairs is wired up. Blast downstairs with wifi. I haven’t been brave enough to go between floors.

REVHE4D says:

Great vids, you talk well and very detailed . Thanks

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