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Old 04-22-2018, 01:51 AM   #1
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Recently completed some upgrades to my home network. Itís mostly all stored away neatly in a cupboard so you donít see any wires.

Standalone VDSL modem (80/20 service) with an Apple Time Capsule acting as router and downstairs wireless AP. Using a gigabit switch for all wired devices downstairs. Connected via CAT6 is another gigabit switch upstairs which handles wired devices in kids bedroom, then onto an Apple AirPort Extreme in the loft which is the upstairs wireless AP. Thereís a CAT6 drop into each room upstairs too.

Weíre mainly an Apple household so Iíve got a 2014 Mac mini as my server, with one thunderbolt 2tb drive for network storage and a USB 3 2tb drive for a Time Machine backup destination. Protected by UPS/surge protector as seen in photo.

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Looks like a nice, compact little setup.
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Very cool. Why do you need a private server?
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Very cool. Why do you need a private server?


Over 250gb of music, 750gb of movies and tv shows and over 10 years of photos all live there. All accessible by multiple devices on the network.
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Great. And about how much energy do you think that thing uses overall? What OS is installed on that Mac?
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Great. And about how much energy do you think that thing uses overall? What OS is installed on that Mac?


It runs the latest macOS. Iím running the Mac mini headless so power consumption is quite low - itís quite efficient at power management really. And it spins the disks down when itís not being accessed.
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And why do you prefer MacOS over a server-oriented OS?
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Well I am running Apples stand-alone server application, but they have integrated a lot of the features into the base version of macOS now. Itís fine for home use I think, it caches macOS, iOS and app updates automatically so multiple devices donít have to individually download the whole thing over the internet.
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Oh yeah I guess it's better if you have a bunch of other Apple devices.
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And why do you prefer MacOS over a server-oriented OS?
To be fair though, it's a capable OS for serving. Being originally based on the FreeBSD Kernel and all. And that powers a lot of the web's infrustructure - routers, DNS Server, some webservers. It's networking stack is second to none - or it used to be anyway, hence why it was taken by Microsoft, I think from Vista onwards, and incorporated into their OS.

You'd probably run into more performance issues having a traditional server OS on it - with not having customised drivers for NICs and all that jazz.
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