272 Capp Network Planning

With the 272 Capp lease happening, it’s time to start planning the network move.

Some topics that come to mind:

  • Roof access, line of sight survey to keep Monkeybrains link.
    Ask Monkeybrains to assist us
    Permission from landlord to install
  • Check address for Fiber options.
  • New network core rack location.
  • Work with space layout planning to figure out where network drops should be run.
  • Wifi RF plan.

Some hardware items come to mind:

  • We have a spare EdgeRouter, should be good to use for the new space.
  • Upgrading to a 48-port switch with PoE.
  • Replacing the EoL/obsolete APs with new ones.
  • Given the larger space, two floors, and outdoor area, going from 4 to 6 APs would be a good idea. Three on each floor
  • Upgrading Pegasus to something a little nicer.
  • Possibly replace the old Unifi Cloud Key with a Gen2, or running as a docker image on Pegasus.

Switch: Unifi 48-port switch Gen 2 =~ $500

  • 160W PoE power

APs: Unifi NanoHD =~ $180 x 6

  • 10W PoE requirement.

Pegasus: SuperServer 5019C-FL
Key Features
Appliance Server
• Security/Gateway Server
• Edge Computing

  1. Single Socket H4 (LGA 1151) supports
    Intel® Xeon® processor E-2100 /
    E-2200 series, 8th/9th Gen.
    Intel® Core™ i3 Processors,
    Intel® Celeron®, Intel® Pentium®
  2. Intel® C242 chipset
  3. Up to 64GB ECC UDIMM, up to
    DDR4-2666MHz; 2 DIMM slots
  4. 1 PCI-E 3.0 x16 slot
  5. 2 Fixed 3.5" drive bay or 4 Fixed
    2.5" drive bays
  6. M.2 Interface:
    1 SATA/PCI-E 3.0 x4
    M.2 Form Factor: 2280
    M.2 Key: M-Key
  7. 2 GbE LAN ports, 1 dedicated IPMI LAN
  8. 2 USB 3.1 (front), 2 USB 2.0 (front)
  9. 1 VGA, 1 COM, 1 TPM
  10. 200W Multi-output power supply,
    Gold Level Certified

The new location has line of sight to bernal

Awesome. I haven’t had a chance to review the whole lease. Hopefully we can get permission to mount the Monkeybrains link.

I checked the lease. We do need explicit permission from the landlord to access the roof.

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Another thought. Depending on where the network core is located, it might be worth adding a second small rack for handling each floor.

Toured the building today, and took a look form roof level, just re-confirming there is a line of site from the front and back of the building to Bernal Heights. There is also an existing Monkey brains antenna on the Capp St. side of the building, unknown status and function. The antenna next to the high speed link on appears to drape over to 272 Capp and in to a skylight.

From the Capp St side of the roof there is also line of site to Sutro Tower.

High speed link and antenna on 2169:

Cable draped over to antenna on 2169:

Front of roof antenna pointed towards bay:

Front of roof antenna from street:

View from back of roof South:

View from front of roof South:

Full view of roof covering entire building and all three units:

Nice, I guess we should get in contact with Monkeybrains.

Ubiquiti now has Wifi 6 APs in their early access store. I need to find some good comparisons, but they should be on par with the nanoHD. But only $100/each. So we can get more APs to improve the overall access.

Thanks for doing this research. I’m interested in helping out with designing the infrastructure and doing the installation.

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I reached out to MB today to inform of our plans. I included the most excellent pictures from this thread for their reference.