Home/Office Server

This is our home and home office server, set up in our hall closest. It's made up of Intel Mac MIni (Core Duo), stacked with two 500GB external drives (one Firewire, one USB 2) and a pair of 250GB FW drives on the left, setup as a mirrored RAID. The 250GB RAID handles all of my work-related files, while the 500GB FW is our iTunes/Apple TV media drive. The other 500GB (USB 2) is used for periodic backups of the media drive, which I run 2-3 times per week.


The stack on the far right is a Motorola Cable Modem, a D-Link Wireless G Gaming Router with Gigabit Ethernet, and the bottom is a D-Link Gigabit Switch.


This closest came with a home networking panel built in, with CAT-5 wiring running from the closest into each room of our condo (approx two jacks per room).

  • Stephen Hackett 8y

    wow, that's really awesome
  • doc18 PRO 8y

    :D what's your IP address? ;-P
  • Tom Carmony PRO 8y

    We have a cable modem, so the IP address never stays the same for long! ;-)
  • Jeffery Edmonds 8y

    Now you have to setup an ftp server so that we can all leech off you.........jk
  • Fred​ PRO 8y

    A wired apartment, that's awesome :)
  • Will Wilkins 8y

    Sweet set up. I am jealous. I really want a Mac Mini for the same purpose.
  • dennis_k_taylor 8y

    ya, totally sweet man!
  • Tobias Lohmann 8y

    Awsome, what's that white slim thing in the middle?
  • Tom Carmony PRO 8y

    Tobias, the white slim thing is a Belkin USB/FW hub made specifically for the Mac Minis (so it stacks neatly). It has a number of USB 2.0 and FW 400 jacks on the backside and one of each on the front (for easy access). It's nice in that it's buss powered, so it's one less item to be plugged in.

    Here's a direct link to the hub on Belkin's website:

  • shaun_922 8y

    that is so cool may i ask how much that could cost and is it low on energy compared to a windows pc .
  • Tom Carmony PRO 8y

    Shaun, I'm not sure of the total energy consumption for the entire rig (external drives + Mini), but I know the Mac Mini is an Energy Star certified machine.
  • shaun_922 8y

    Ok cheers mate , im sure it must be better than a windows rig anyway , just on the security and virus side , and really well done its a great idea .
  • Alex Yra 8y

    Is the mini running OSX Server, or regular OSX? Are you using Superduper to create your backups? Plus, how do you import media into your libraries without a monitor?
  • Tom Carmony PRO 8y

    alexyra, the Mini is running the standard version of OS X Tiger (not the server edition), and I schedule regular backups via SuperDuper (daily for the work-related files and twice-weekly for the iTunes/media files). I import media (and do maintenance, etc.) via Apple Remote Desktop from my MacBook Pro via either wireless or the wired ethernet connection.
  • Alex Yra 8y

    Thanks for the info Fabrico. Great setup!
  • sean dreilinger PRO 8y

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  • Big Luke 8y

    that's a very cool setup... Man it's nice to have a place that's pre-wired too.
  • Eric Wiley 8y

    Thanks for sharing this, Fabrico - the orderly arrangement of all that wired networking stuff is the sort of example I was looking for for wrangling my own home network, which is one week old and currently a blob of clusterness.
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