Work Package: Network & Power Infrastructure

Summary

NOTE: must work with location work package to determine physical placements and dimensions.

Do not use the internet providers modem as anything but a modem- ask for no WiFi (or turned off) and no features.

The location should have it’s own router, with known security updates, configuration etc. As well, this means changing internet provider should be as simple as plugging in the site router to the new modem.

Artifacts

  • internet provider selected and service in place
  • networking equipment (router, switches, WiFi APs)
  • ethernet cables placed
  • any electrical changes required in place
  • network provisioned and connected
  • configuration and maintenance guide created

Workbook

Google spreadsheet containing notes, estimates, etc. -> here

Options

  • ubiquiti networks has products that cover all parts
    • note: ER X can be a great deal, may now be configurable by the Unifi management application. May want to get a device on their newer Cavium architecture (ref).
  • switches can be any brand, but should be VLAN aware. Usually called a “managed” switch. eg. Netgear GS308E. Lower end models (like the Netgear) may have to be configured from a Windows application, rather than a biult in Web GUI.

Potential Suppliers

  • Shaw
  • Telus
  • Ubiquiti
  • My Tech Guys
  • Memory Express, NewEgg, Amazon
  • local electrician

Key Observations

From network:

  • Outgoing (upload) bandwidth needs to be 8Mbps (megabits per second) per 1080p stream @ 30fps + 5Mbps for a simultaneous video conference. This gives a minimum of ~15Mbps upload, but preferably 20+Mbps (two streams + video conference.) It is assumed that available download speeds will be multiple of this. In 2020, these requirements are meet by all of the ~$100/month residential plans.
  • Hardline ethernet cabling is needed at every location the streaming cart or NDI source is recommended. Cat 5e is sufficient recommended- it supports up to 1Gbps and is the most cost effective- both for the cable and networking equipment. See here for a reference on decoding ethernet cabling categories.
  • Business grade networking equipment: eg an edge router that supports traffic shaping, several 8 port switches (with some daisy chaining), and WiFi APs that support multiple bands. All must support VLANs. POE would be advantageous.