In 2007 my wife and I built a new house so I was able to make sure we had heaps of network ports and cat 5e cables running back to my custom 20U 19 inch server rack in my attic cupboard. The rack contains a 16 port patch panel, 10/100 switch, router and my two main servers.
This page details what I am currently running on my this home network:
Dell SC440 server (bought really cheap in 2008)
Windows Home Server PP3
3.2 TB of protected storage
Custom built Home Theatre PC Server
Windows 7 ultimate
600 GB unprotected local storage for recorded TV
Digital Now Twin PCI Tuner card
DELLMINI9 (my toy)
Dell Inspiron Mini 9 Netbook
Mac OSX Snow Leopard
16GB SD Card
IMAC G5 ($100 second hand. My first mac, now music/media machine)
Circa 2005 PPC
MAC OSX Snow Leopard
MACMINI (my new main machine)
2011 model with Apple external USB super drive
Parallels Desktop 7 hosting Windows XP SP3 and Windows 7 Ultimate
Dell 2407WFP ultrasharp monitor
MACMINI2 (new #1 son main machine)
Parallels Desktop 7 hosting Windows 7 Ultimate with Steam
Dell 2007WFP Ultrasharp monitor with Sound bar
DELL Inspiron 15R (communal family laptop in the kitchen)
Boring, basic Windows 7 machine
5 x XBOX 360 consoles
Configured as Windows Media Center extenders to stream live and recorded TV through the house. One with Kinect.
Sony Playstation 2 (gathering dust)
2 x Telstra Prepaid Wildfire S smartphones
2 x Telstra Prepaid smart touch smartphones (kids)
Plus 3 Netgear wireless routers.
As of February 2012, the Newtown Nerd LAN has 25 network attached devices. So much for the 16 ports….
The Newtown Nerd sends his packets over a high speed and ultra reliable ADSL 2+/Annex M connection supplied by Internode. Simply the best ISP in Australia.