One of the main joys of home ownership is the ability to run Ethernet cable throughout the house without asking anyone’s permission. For ages I have wanted to do this, and now I have. Behold.
In lieu of a server room, I have a server shelf. It’s in the laundry/garage area under the house. The gang plate terminates ethernet cables which run to all parts of the house. They are in turn connected by short cables to my trusty WRT54GS.
You may be able to just see a phone line in the centre of the gang plate; it provides connection to the ADSL2 modem. This line is connected through a central splitter to the outside world, providing as-good-as-it-gets ADSL2 throughput (still not great though because I am a long way from the exchange).
Yes, I have used a slightly dodgy double adapter to make room for the stupid wall warts to co-exist. I am, however, totally desensitised to this sort of hackery, because it just so common. The power socket people really need to get together with the wall-wart people. Failing that, there’s definitely a market for 10cm extension cords; anyone know where I can get these, cheap?