Sunday, January 3, 2010

Winter comes to the Swamp

For the last two days or so we have been having what passes for 'cold' weather in these parts. Temps in the low 20's for the High and single digits for the Low., plus lots of wind. Here is a screen cap of what showed a few moments ago.
My Pond froze up pretty much overnight; I had to turn off the water pump leaving the fish on their own for the rest of the winter. Except for the air pump or bubbler I won't worry about them till it gets warm enough for them to start moving again and then I'll have to run the water pump.

The twice daily weekend walks with the neighbor have been tough, not so much the time in the cold but the process of bundling up. I go with layers and it takes me 10 minutes to get everything on. I was actually sweating upon my return tonight so; I am getting the exercise without all the skin damage that goes with the cold.

Since we are pretty much trapped indoors I have had the time to finish the move of the Cable and Network gear into the new equipment closet. Here is the finished product.

On the top shelf is my Belkin combination Wired/Wireless Router. I still have several rooms that have are wired, a printer and my office are wired as well. The kids when they are home use the wireless and so does the Good Mrs. T, here computer is wireless. The Belkin gives exceptional coverage not only within our house but our general neighborhood as well. I have several pieces of gear that are in my neighbors house across the street that connect to my system because the throughput is better than in their home. I don't mind.

The bottom shelf is the actual Phone and Cable modem from Comcast. I have it powered on a UPS so we will always have phone service and network capability as well.

On the left wall is the Cable service for the entire house. I ran each cable to each room without breaks and I bring the main feed from the cable company directly from the box on the outside of the house. The old system, installed by the house builder had splitters installed and mounted in our attic. We had poor Signal to Noise Ratio input to the Cable Modem and of course we were having pixilation issues to the many TV's in the house.

That's an Electroline EDA-FT08300 8 port Cable TV Amplifier that distributes the one feed to all the rooms in the house. I noticed an immediate improvement in TV video quality with this installed.

I will eventually add a PC to this closet that will serve as a Print Server and a Backup Storage device for the network. I am not in a hurry for that however, it will happen sooner if the cold weather keeps up!!

BT: Jimmy T sends.


Bag Blog said...

It has been especially cold here in OK the past few days. I have seen lots of football games, but I have not resorted to electronics.

JimmyT said...

Lou, I don't follow college sports (football or basketball) so during this time of the year I have a lot of time, so I do punish myself with "electronics". I can be fustrating.

BT: Jimmy T sends.

Buck said...

Nice job with the cabling... neat and clean. Ain't cable ties wonderful things? Beats having to lace all those cable runs... Oops. Gave away my age, yet again. ;-)

JimmyT said...

Buck, I should have taken a picture of the preliminary layout, I used lacing to hold it all together until I could get stand offs screwed in place to hold the cable ties off the board. I still have a roll of the stuff.

BT: Jimmy T sends.