Every once in a while I'm forced to make an assessment of my IP network at home. This usually occurs when I selectively upgrade a piece of network gear of something critical to 'the machine' breaks. It always amazes me how many IP connected 'things' I have in my house. It seems everyday another new thing pops up in the MAC address table.
Yesterday morning our house got hit with a power surge. In my nearly 47 years of time on the planet I have never had a device fry from a power surge. As such I don't own any power protecting gear. Well, I guess it finally caught up with me yesterday. When I got home from work my house was crippled. One casualty was our Basement Tivo HD and the other was my Cisco 48 port switch. My Slingbox was dead also, but I think that happened a few months back by natural causes.
I pride myself on forming relationships that allowed me to have a replacement network device available within 15 minutes of concluding the root cause analysis in my house. I won't go into details but I had a new-to-me 48 port switch rocking in about an hour after fumbling with how to uplink the switch to my router (apparently, it only works on port 48). As I was debugging and checking things in the house, I started counting the number of things that attach via IP in my house. Nearest I can tell (I'm sure I missed some) I have 30'ish different devices that contend for bandwidth in Rancho Vernon.
- Tivo Master Bedroom
- Tivo Bedroom
- Tivo Familyroom
- Tivo Basement (because we gottsta be able to watch any show in any room)
- Blu-Ray Player (I don't know why it connects to my network, but it did just update its firmware)
- Sonos Zone Player Family Room
- AppleTV (to be fair I just shit canned it after 3 years and NEVER having used it, never - ever)
- Sonos Zone Player Deck
- Color Laser Printer
- BW Laser Printer
- Ink Jet Printer (Inkjet printers suck)
- NAS Disk 1 (to hold photo library and MP3 library)
- NAS Disk 2 (to hold photo library and MP3 library - when the other one breaks)
- Slingbox (recently died of natural causes, meaning to get a HD SlingBox)
- Mac Server (mostly DNS server)
- PogoPlug (cool, but I'm really loving DropBox these days)
- Dell Server (a linux box that does nothing but mock me for not programming anymore)
- Managed Switch (although I don't intend to ever manage it)
- CableModem (don't breath on it, it's working perfectly)
- Wii (hey, your Mii has to get out once in a while)
- Xbox360 (because sometimes you need to shoot anonymous people)
- Darby's Laptop (because Darby doesn't want to share her laptop)
- Marlo's Laptop (because Marlo's laptop is too small for anyone to want to share it)
- Lura's Laptop ( because it sits on the kitchen table and she is forced to share it, don't close the fucking browser windows)
- Todd's Laptop (because he is an only child and refuses to share his laptop)
- Desktop Computer (because Todd likes to work on big screen computers when he can)
- Todd's Iphone
- Lura's Iphone
- Darby's Blackberry
- Marlo's Danger (not completely sure it connects to IP but I think so)
- Darby's iPod Touch
- Marlo's iPod Touch
Wow, it's amazing how many things find their way into my MAC address table. Of all this stuff, I think the killer network devices are the Tivo's and the Sonos. Of course the computers need the network to be much fun. On the other end of the spectrum the AppleTV was the most stupid thing I ever bought. No network could make it not suck. To be fair, I have a massive distain for devices of any kind that require iTunes to work. In later releases you could rent stuff directly from the AppleTV (I guess, never found content I wanted) but they lost me by then.
Oh and to appease Lura, any would be criminals out there – don't bother most of this stuff is at least 4 years old except the Blu-Ray player which is brand new. But hey you can get those for like $200 now, just buy it.